This 1973 Datsun 240Z has dings, hasn’t been driven in 15 years, and the dash has more cracks than a plumber’s convention. It’s not even a desirable 1970-72 model. Why, then, with just a little over one day on eBay, it’s been bid 30 times up to over $18,000? Because this is how you sell a car.
The typical ad for an old Japanese car on craigslist reads something like this listing, the first ad that came up when we searched for Toyota Cressida:
Selling my cressy only because I need to focus on work so no more time for play.
The car runs, drives and slides
Car is mechanically good to go!
If you wanna paint it that’s up to you it’s not stripped full interior
Has the original 5m with a 62mm turbo
Car is boosting 5 pounds no prob and it’s really all it needs
Has a welded diff
Yes it’s been converted to a 5 speed out of a supra
I’m looking to get 3,000 or possible trades like a truck or somthing cool it can be a project if it’s cool enough!
Frankly, we’re surprised that proper spelling and some semblance of punctuation was even used.
This 240Z, on the other hand, has loads of documentation, has been owned by someone who loved it, and has not been hacked up and discarded like the dead girl in a Law & Order cold open. People — those with actual money — will pay for those things, even as they run screaming from that Cressida as if its exhaust was spewing ebola.
Here’s a brief list of things from the auction that will pique a serious buyer’s interest:
Paperwork. The original sticker, the bill of sale, the warranty booklet, it’s all there. He probably never looked at those again since 1973, but it shows that he cared about the car.
Numbers Matching. The VIN and the engine number are both stamped into the ID plate. The motor has never been swapped, and more importantly, there is a photo of the engine number stamped right there into the Nissan blue block.
Mods. Yes, the carbs have been replaced and the aircon deleted, but the owner kept all those things, because they were the proper items that came with the car, and they are included in the sale.
Original paint. It’s not just the fact that it’s the original color (though that is a major plus). It’s the fact that it’s the original layer of orange molecules sprayed onto bare sheetmetal in Yokohama. Take this 22,000-mile Civic hatchback, for example. It’s been painted the original gray, but raises more questions than it answers. Why did it get resprayed at 22,000 miles? Is it hiding body damage? Was there rust? Bondo? What’s the quality of the materials used? Inquiring minds want to know.
Even with all that, there are still some unknowns. For example, if the Z was purchased in Woodland Hills, California and lived in-state its whole life, why does it have the white California license plate when it should have the blue one?
Overall, though, when presented with the evidence and the fact that the sellers look like your kindly old grandparents, it’s apparently enough to convince 30 bidders to ratchet the price up to $18 large. See the auction on eBay here.
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