1972 Datsun 240 Z - Owned by Jim Corbett


I’d like to introduce you to one of “the Boys.”  I own three, all “classics” of the Datsun/Nissan Z linage, and pictured here is my beautiful 1972 Datsun 240 Z.  My other two are a 1995 300ZX Twin Turbo and a 2003 350Z Track.  My next project car, a 1968 Datsun 2000 Roadster, is waiting in the wings for its return to the track, as it will be fitted for Vintage Racing.  As one of the Charter Members of the Columbus Z Car Club ZROC (www.zroc.org), I’m also proud to say I’ve got a deposit down at Nissan North for a 2009 Nissan GT-R, the new super car being showcased in all the car magazines.

The restoration took about two years, and the car’s head turning orange in color, was only the beginning.  I completed the work the “old school” way in my garage.  I owned a 240Z in 1976, and when I found this car for $800 in ’97, it became a project that I just had to undertake!  And while I’m not willing to share the total amount put into the project, it was completed in about 24 months.  The 270 wasn’t put back to bone stock; I thought, ‘why not make it better?’  It has a classic look under the hood, but has a stroker 2800 cc. engine, stock SU carbs, a 5-speed transmission and an R-200 differential.  All parts used by successful racers who campaigned the 240 Z to an impressive victory list in the 70’s.  Weighing in at 2,500 lbs the combined parts makes a nice 250+ rwhp.  The engine bay is beautiful and there’s lots of chrome and polished aluminum that makes it pop!

I really like driving the car when the weather gets warmer.  I love seeing heads turn… especially the “tunners.”  I also them it’s the original “ricer.”  Whenever you stop somewhere, almost everyone has a Z story.  It seems like everyone owned one or it was their favorite Hot Wheel.

In case you’re wondering, I have a winter ride too…a Nissan Titan Crew Cab truck.  There’s a price you have to pay to drive a sports car.  It includes tires, brakes, higher-octane fuel and yes, a reliable beater!