Legend For Sale: 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432
For just $150,000 – $200,000 you could get your hands on a JDM legend that boasts a full 160-horsepower (meh!). Interested? Read on to find out more about what could literally be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…
Do you consider yourself a real JDM connoisseur? If so, you’ll already know all there is to know about the Nissan Fairlady Z 432. However, we doubt that you’ve ever had the opportunity to buy one. Until now…
That’s because RM’s Amelia Island Auction has one coming up for sale on March 14, 2015 and if you’ve got a spare $200,000 or so, this lot could be yours.
So what’s the big deal?
Well, the Nissan Fairlady Z 432 was only sold in Japan and is basically a Datsun 240Z with an original ‘hakosuka’ Skyline GT-R drivetrain.
It was the ‘father of the Z-car’, Yutaka Katayama, who sadly passed away a few days ago, that oversaw the Datsun 240Z’s development. But while the 240Z was aimed mainly at the U.S. market, Nissan produced an exquisite version just for the JDM, known as the Fairlady Z.
Stick a race-derived Skyline GT-R drivetrain in the Fairlady and she became the Fairlady Z 432: a high-power model loaded with the same six-cylinder in-line DOHC 24-valve S20 engine as the Skyline GT-R.
The ‘432’ names comes from the fact it had 4 valves, 3 carburettors and 2 camshafts.
The Fairlady Z 432 carries legendary status in Japan and true JDM enthusiasts recognise the importance of this epic vehicle, aka the ‘holy grail’ of all Z-cars. Moreover, the one being auctioned even comes with the original toolkit.
For a bit more info, check out the Fairlady Z 432 on the Nissan Global Heritage Collection website.