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Z 432 At Rm Auction Amelia Island

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    Here is the last few seconds of the final bidding of this car.   Jim was in charge of doing the video of this 432 bidding and the memory in his phone filled up before the bidding ended.  I was up front taking pictures of the car so I had to jump in with my phone to capture the final price when the gavel fell.

     

    There was a Toyota 2000 GT that sold before the Farilady 432 for $800,000 and the catalog estimate called for the car to sell for $900,000 to $1,10,000.  So the ZED sold for $230,000(catalog estimate $150K to $200) and the million dollar Toyota sold below estimate!

     

    Fairlady 432 Final Sale Video.MOV

    Edited by mgmoreau

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    The crowd sounded rather sedate. Did they get excited over any other cars up for bid?

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    It really depended on the car.  There were a few high end Ferrarri's that went for $2 M to $3 M that caused quite a stir.  It is a long day.  The first car went on the block at 11:00 AM and the last car crossed the block around 4:30 PM.

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    I don't know the history of this car and I didn't read all the posts, so forgive me if this has been covered.  Is this car unrestored?  I notice what looks like rust under the hood seal at the cowl and the seal itself is rather cracked.  Awesome car, but it's surprising to see flaws like that on a car that sold for $253,000.  Also, what's with the blue marks around the unused holes on the inner fender?  I can't quite figure that out.

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    Here is the beggining of the bidding before Jim's phone ran out of memory.

    Edited by mgmoreau

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    Having a problem getting the second bidding video to upload

    That's what YouTube is for. ;)

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    I don't know the history of this car and I didn't read all the posts, so forgive me if this has been covered.  Is this car unrestored?  I notice what looks like rust under the hood seal at the cowl and the seal itself is rather cracked.  Awesome car, but it's surprising to see flaws like that on a car that sold for $253,000.  Also, what's with the blue marks around the unused holes on the inner fender?  I can't quite figure that out.

    Those are not flaws, it gives a car character and patina is hard to fake.

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    This broke the mold, it will bring our beloved Z to a step closer as a true collector's J tin.

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    This broke the mold...

    I hope so, but there are people out there that still think "old"  has nothing to do with value, unless it has Ferrari written on it.

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    This broke the mold, it will bring our beloved Z to a step closer as a true collector's J tin.

     

    It really didn't break anything, except perhaps the bubble of self-certified complacency that has believed the HLS30 'Datsun 240Z' was the whole story and that nothing else mattered.

     

    So, welcome to 1969. 

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    It's a very special and rare car.......240Z's are numerous......I still say that a really, really nice 240Z will bring 75% of what's invested......but, they sure are fun to own and drive, and they are readily available. Want to own for a big profit.....probably not. Maybe some day.

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    I wonder how much it would have sold for in Japan or England?

     

    Moot point. It was sold where it was and how it was, and was bought (and underbid) by who it was.

     

    Doesn't make it any more or less of a car. At half that sale price, or double, it would still be an important and rare piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is the story of these cars. 

     

    Unless you think a high auction price suddenly changes what this car has always been?

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    It is more like "Welcome to a 2015 car auction in the new world."

    I wonder how much it would have sold for in Japan or England?

    I think Kats would probably have the best guestimate on the Japan market.  The rest of us can only dream of owning one.

    Someday I will be able to afford to buy some of those 432 badges on yahoo Jp auctions for my 280.

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    Besides the badges, if one were to do a low buck LHD tribute car, what low buck DOHC motor would be appropriate?

    Some metal reinforcement and full fibreglass on all corners, hood and hatch would be in the spirit and also low buck.

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    Besides the badges, if one were to do a low buck LHD tribute car, what low buck DOHC motor would be appropriate?

    Some metal reinforcement and full fibreglass on all corners, hood and hatch would be in the spirit and also low buck.

     

    L6 block with that KA24 head that those guys on hybridz were talking about cobbling together.

     

    I imagine somewhere in Japan there is an old rusty skyline with an S20 engine sitting in someone's yard there. You ever watch that youtube guy's channel wasabi

    cars?  He has seizures when he sees a collectible car there just sitting and rusting.

     

    But no matter how close it looks on the exterior, your charade is up when they see its LHD :D

     

    T&A auto built a tribute car. Love that name btw.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8wLza2I1Y8

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    That's the kind of thing we need for the L engines.  Not exactly the same, but similar, with a nice intake.

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