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While the beautiful shape of the Datsun 240Z is instantly recognizable to sports car aficionados worldwide, that’s where the similarity ends for this ultimate factory-built Z car. Released only to the Japanese domestic market, the Fairlady Z 432 utilized the race-bred motor from the legendary Skyline GT-R and was named for its exotic four valves per cylinder, three sidedraft Mikuni carburetors, and two overhead camshafts. There was no mistaking the price tag, as the performance Fairlady Z 432 sold new for nearly double the price of a standard Fairlady Z in its homeland.
The car offered here was restored in Japan to be a driver, and it was finished in a paint scheme that evokes the 1972 HLS30, the factory race car that shocked the world when it took 3rd Overall at the 41st Rally Monte Carlo. Complementing the car are Central 20 cast aluminum wheels that replicate the original Gotti works wheels, as well as its upswept tubular exhaust headers.
Imported after a long search in 2013, it joined a triumvirate of vintage Japanese sports cars – including a Mazda Cosmo Sport and a Toyota 2000 GT – in a California collection before being sold to the current owner. A true driver’s car with looks to match, this rarely seen Fairlady Z 432 should appeal to anyone with a keen eye for Japanese classics.