Nis­san’s Ho­molo­ga­tion Hero A rare op­por­tu­nity to buy a Nis­san Fair­lady 240ZG – but could you over­look its flaws to own it?

Ja­pan-only Fair­lady 240ZG to be of­fered by RM in Mon­terey

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‘They’re the things you might ex­pect on a car bought from auc­tion in Ja­pan and be­ing sold on in the USA as a quick flip’

Some­thing of a mys­ti­cal beast be­cause they were only of­fi­cially sold in Ja­pan (though we be­lieve three now live in the UK), the Nis­san Fair­lady 240ZG was cre­ated to ho­molo­gate aero­dy­namic parts for GT and Group 4 rac­ing. They are rarely seen on the world mar­ket so we asked Dat­sun Z-car ex­pert Alan Thomas for his take on the no re­serve of­fer­ing from RM Sotheby’s at Mon­terey on Au­gust 24, dur­ing the Peb­ble Beach week. ‘Nis­san ini­tially built 500 240ZGS to sat­isfy the ho­molo­ga­tion, but they sold so well that more than 1000 were even­tu­ally made. Good, gen­uine and orig­i­nal HS30-H model 240ZGS com­mand a premium in Ja­pan and they are cur­rently chang­ing hands pri­vately for well over £60k [I know of a lovely ex­am­ple that sold for over £71,000 last year] but they must be gen­uine. The main proof for this is in the doc­u­men­ta­tion for the car – the orig­i­nal Ja­panese pa­pers state the ex­tra length and width, as well as the dif­fer­ent in­ter­nal fac­tory cod­ing – but good prove­nance is also im­por­tant be­cause there are oc­ca­sional fakes. The body style it­self is eas­ily repli­cated, and there are many trib­ute cars on Ja­panese roads.

‘Fur­ther­more, it’s im­por­tant to note that Ja­panese mar­ket mod­els never had the word ‘Dat­sun’ any­where on them when they left the fac­tory. They were, proudly, Nis­san prod­uct through

and through. There’s no such thing as a ‘Dat­sun 240ZG’ – de­spite Tamiya’s 1∕12th scale model of that name.

‘This par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple does not ap­pear to be top level, with the bon­net ex­ten­sion panel suf­fer­ing from sag­ging – the sun and heat in Ja­pan will do this – and mis­align­ment. That’s fairly eas­ily fixed, so I don’t know why it hasn’t been done. Or rather I prob­a­bly do. They’re the things you might ex­pect on a car bought from auc­tion in Ja­pan and be­ing sold on in the USA as a quick flip af­ter a bit of hype. From what I see in the pho­tos it’s also not very orig­i­nal – non-orig­i­nal but pe­riod-style wheels and rear strut brace among other things. I’d say that it would be a £35k-ish car in Ja­pan.’

In the glossy press pho­tos this ap­pears to be a tempt­ing op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire one of the most sought-af­ter Z-cars – but there are a few fac­tors that raise one ex­pert’s eye­brows

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