Looking for your next big restoration project? This untouched 1972 Datsun 240Z barn find could be your perfect winter project. . You should buy it.
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According to the seller's description, this S30-spec 240Z, originally painted in Lime Yellow was discovered in a barn in Southern Maryland, untouched for the past 25 years sitting locked away. It's since been pulled out, but has yet to be cleaned—it still wears much of the dust it accumulated while parked for a quarter-century. Glass, body panels, period-correct aftermarket wheels, bumpers, trim, and lights are all present, as are all the interior pieces. The body looks straight, but does have a fair amount of rust in some places—nothing that can't be fixed, though. Compared to some other barn finds we've seen, this Z is surprisingly complete—even the spare tire, jack, and cardboard spare tire cover as still with the car. Shockingly, the original tires seem to inflate well enough to get it moved around.
The seller claims the car is numbers-matching, with its original 2.4-liter inline-six and four-speed manual transmission. It was sold new in Los Gatos, California through Ken Keegan Imports before making its way to the East coast, and eventually, the barn where it was stored. The previous owned told the seller the car ran when parked, though, obviously, it doesn't anymore. It'll need a full mechanical restoration to get running, and some significant body work to get all that rust repaired. with a high bid of $2600 and four days remaining.
Personally, I'd get all the mechanical and frame-related rust issues sorted out, and drive it as-is, with that signature patina look. Though I can't fault anyone for wanting to bring this car back to like-new condition, considering its interesting history.