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Hmmm.....I wouldn't turn this Z down but, a turbocharged 4 cylinder engine? I'm sure that's still some serious speed, but a Z should have no less than 6 cylinders, be it a Nissan, Chevy, Mazda, or any engine block dropped in there. Call my standards shallow, but after $85,000 you think perhaps a Skyline or Z32 twin turbo engine would be even greater and have the "correct" number of cylinders. Don't get me wrong....This baby looks fantastic and a thrill to own. Congrats on whoever owns it now, but I'll keep my rusty ol' L28 block, thanks! ;)

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To each their own but you wouldn't catch me dropping a non-Nissan engine into my 240Z. It may be 4 cylinders but it looks a like it has more power than say, a 6 cylinder L series, and suites the modernized asthetic well.

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Hmmm.....I wouldn't turn this Z down but, a turbocharged 4 cylinder engine? I'm sure that's still some serious speed, but a Z should have no less than 6 cylinders, be it a Nissan, Chevy, Mazda, or any engine block dropped in there. Call my standards shallow, but after $85,000 you think perhaps a Skyline or Z32 twin turbo engine would be even greater and have the "correct" number of cylinders. Don't get me wrong....This baby looks fantastic and a thrill to own. Congrats on whoever owns it now, but I'll keep my rusty ol' L28 block, thanks! ;)

I'm kinda with you on this one. 20 years ago a Texas Instruments engineer named Bill Reagan built two '70s that were at least of the quality of this restoration but with their original L24 and 4-speed drivetrains. Hopefully the new owner in the UAE will take care of this one in the long term.

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Yes - and today you can buy a very detailed Die Cast of one of Bill's restored 240Z's. Correct right down to the VIN on the Dash... it is the Franklin Mint Model - in Orange.

A car Bill saved from the crusher after a tree limb fell on it.. Nice as it was when Bill was done - the next owner spent another year or two plus many thousands of dollars making it even more correct and even nicer!.

It is a really great 240Z story in and of itself.

FWIW,

Carl B.

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I have the Franklin mint model, this little model was the seed in me getting my current 918 color 72,had no idea on the story on the die cast model, thanks for this info :bulb:

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I was really lucky in that I got to meet Bill and get a copy of the writeup he did on the first restoration. Love him or hate him he had an insane amount of skill and energy.

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I was really lucky in that I got to meet Bill and get a copy of the writeup he did on the first restoration. Love him or hate him he had an insane amount of skill and energy.

I use to go to Bill's house and talk to him while he was working on the Z's. This was around 1990. I lost touch with him after that. Does anyone know where he is now?

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