On the hunt for a V8-powered sports car that'll satisfy all of your heart's desires and not break the bank? This Chevy 350-swapped Datsun 260Z could be just the thing you're looking for. You should buy it.
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This 1974 Datsun 260Z has had its stock inline six-cylinder engine swapped out for a carbureted Chevrolet V8 motor, and it looks mean. The entire car has been repainted in a lovely mint green color, complemented by black trim pieces and some sweet gunmetal wheels. The rear fenders have been widened to accept bigger tires, and the hood has been modified to fit the engine. According to the seller, over $15,000 has been spent to get the car where it is today, with upgrades such as a roll cage, lightweight door panels, Corbeau seats, and a custom-fit dash.
Of course, the car isn't perfect. Judging by these pictures, the headlight covers are starting to yellow and will eventually need to be refinished or replaced. The interior looks half-finished—much of the center section is missing, leaving exposed wires everywhere, and there's no carpet to speak of, just bedliner-coated sheetmetal floors. From the looks of it, the car doesn't have a radio or any sort of climate controls, which means driving this thing long distances probably isn't too fun.
But for the seller's asking price——we can forgive the lack of fit and finish in the interior. A rust-free Datsun Z of this vintage would certainly cost more than that. Factor in the parts needed for the V8 conversion, the roll cage, and the bodywork, and you start to realize just how reasonable $9500 sounds. If it was me, I'd buy it, install air conditioning and a radio, and enjoy it.