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Any good places or auctions to find 240z or 280z?

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Hi, I try to find good Datsun 240z or 280z on car auctions. I searched everywhere and so far these auctions have Datsuns for sale: https://abetter.bid/en/car-finder/make-datsun https://sca.auction/en/search/make-datsun https://www.easyexport.us/en/car-finder/make-datsun/  http://www.carfrom.us/?carmake=datsun 

Let me know where I should also look. By the way here are two cars I want to buy:

https://abetter.bid/en/31720579-1972-datsun-240z

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https://abetter.bid/en/32148619-1978-datsun-280z

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What do you think guys?

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You're fortunate to live near the left coast. There were a lot a Zs sold here and quite a few a still around. The biggest concern being rust, I'd try to find one that spent its years west of the Rockies and east of the Cascades and Sierra Nevadas. The farther south, the better. I'd also consider one with an automatic trans a major score, only because I think A.T. Zs were treated better than their M.T. cousins. I'd immediately put a 5 speed in it tho. Good luck.

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3 hours ago, Mike said:

Biggest question is how much is your budget?

Second is do you want to work on one or buy a turn key car.  280s are fuel injected, 240s are carbureted.  A fuel injected car as old as ours would need some new parts but the carburated ones just need a good rebuilding of the carbs.  No ECU, coolant temp sensor tweak etc. and the carbs are more compatible with a performance cam than an EFI car.  My $.02.

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Those two cars are very very different.  I'd assume you'll make the second one look like the first one?

The first one seems to have title problems.

Bring-a-Trailer is popular.  https://bringatrailer.com/

 

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I'd stay away from the first one (unless you want something completely modified like that).  Best value is to get one more like the 2nd car and do some work to get it going again.  Carl collected some great articles on his web page about what to look for in a Z during your purchase.  http://zhome.com/  Look for the menu item on the left side "Buying a Z Car Tips"

Keep an eye on Craigslist, this site (in our classifieds area) and Bring A Trailer as Zed mentioned above.

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Actually I don't like all the links in the OP's post. Links to a whole bunch of auction sites and pics nabbed from copart. Just joined. One and only one post. And hasn't even responded to all the input from other members about his original post.

I'd like the OP to participate in the discussion he started and convince us that he isn't a spammer or a bot.   :unsure:

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I posted mine because Mecum is a good place to swipe Japanese cars. I think the people there are primarily interested in American cars.  I paid $13,750 for that car two weeks ago.  I’m not an expert in these cars, but I think I stole it.

 

 

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Yes,  you stole it!  That's a good deal looking at the pictures.

I have that in mine plus a years worth of hard work mostly laying on my garage floor.

 

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I wasn’t even intending to buy a 240z. I was on the auction floor because my buddy wanted to look at the car before it. When I saw the Z I was blown away and thought, if I can get this cheap enough, I’ll buy it. I was shocked when the reserve was met and the hammer fell at $12,500. 

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:TRUCDEOUF: You thief!   Well played, the only thing better than buying a Z in great shape is getting it for a bargain, you could probably double your money by listing it on BaT. 

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1 hour ago, grannyknot said:

:TRUCDEOUF: You thief!   Well played, the only thing better than buying a Z in great shape is getting it for a bargain, you could probably double your money by listing it on BaT. 

I was thinking of doing just that. I’ll see how I feel about the car once I’ve driven it a bit. The title is supposed to come on Monday and then I’ll register it, so it’ll be able to enjoy it then.  

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Been another half day and still nothing from the OP. Wonder how many additional hits have his links seen since he posted this?

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1 hour ago, 718Miata said:

I was thinking of doing just that. I’ll see how I feel about the car once I’ve driven it a bit. The title is supposed to come on Monday and then I’ll register it, so it’ll be able to enjoy it then.  

Drive it for a while, they have a way of crawling into your heart.

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1 hour ago, 718Miata said:

I was thinking of doing just that. I’ll see how I feel about the car once I’ve driven it a bit. The title is supposed to come on Monday and then I’ll register it, so it’ll be able to enjoy it then.  

Just remember if you let a bargain like that go it will be difficult to go back. They are appreciating at a very fast rate! I have had miatas but a Z has a lot more room and is just so fun to drive. They are sort of the best of all worlds

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19 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

Actually I don't like all the links in the OP's post. Links to a whole bunch of auction sites and pics nabbed from copart. Just joined. One and only one post. And hasn't even responded to all the input from other members about his original post.

I'd like the OP to participate in the discussion he started and convince us that he isn't a spammer or a bot.   :unsure:

Wow.  Great observation.  I guess they don't call you Captain Obvious for nothing.  :)

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Haha!! No, they do not!   LOL

So... Now it's been three days since this post was started, and the OP hasn't ever signed back into the forum since. Brand new user, all hot to trot about purchasing a car (or two!!) and hasn't been back to discuss all the input from the fine members here.

On ‎4‎/‎18‎/‎2019 at 8:44 AM, davis23 said:

Hi, I try to find good Datsun 240z or 280z on car auctions.

Maybe he's totally consumed with a huge Easter party prep and just too busy to come back, but I just get a bad vibe from the whole thing.

@Mike, I'm thinking maybe give it another day and then delete the whole thread (and user) if nothing changes? Been a while, but wasn't there a rash of spam bot users that signed up a while ago? Year ago maybe? And all of their user names were the same format... Name followed by a couple numbers IIRC?

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2 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

So... Now it's been three days since this post was started, and the OP hasn't ever signed back into the forum since. Brand new user, all hot to trot about purchasing a car (or two!!) and hasn't been back to discuss all the input from the fine members here.  Maybe he's totally consumed with a huge Easter party prep and just too busy to come back, but I just get a bad vibe from the whole thing.

@Mike, I'm thinking maybe give it another day and then delete the whole thread (and user) if nothing changes? Been a while, but wasn't there a rash of spam bot users that signed up a while ago? Year ago maybe? And all of their user names were the same format... Name followed by a couple numbers IIRC?

Looks like he signed up in April.  We have a lot less spam bots these days due to the sign up conditions, but, there are a few that squeak through.  Typically bots sign up with a different set of parameters than this account, so, I'll leave it to the face he's busy and cannot respond right now.

@davis23, we have responded to your post.  Can you log in and take a look?  Thanks bud..

Mike

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718Miata did kind of hijack the thread to show off his Mecum car.   Maybe davis23 didn't recognize it anymore...

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1 minute ago, Zed Head said:

718Miata did kind of hijack the thread to show off his Mecum car.   Maybe davis23 didn't recognize it anymore...

Sorry about that. I realized that and started a new thread about my car. 

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3 hours ago, 718Miata said:

Sorry about that. I realized that and started a new thread about my car. 

No problem, thanks for starting a new thread.  I'll clean this one up a bit..

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