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You Probably Don’t Want to Mess with this LS-Swapped 1972 Datsun 240Z

But you will want to own it.

Nearly five decades after it first appeared in the U.S., the Datsun 240Z still looks fantastic. But if you want your 240Z to be anywhere near as quick as it looks, you need to do something about the engine because 151 horsepower isn’t all that much these days. One possible solution? Do an LS swap.

This particular LS-swapped 240Z is being sold at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, and while it’s always risky to buy someone else’s project, this one looks incredibly well done. The engine bay is tidy, and we love the “Fairlady Z” badging on the valve covers. The GM LS-series V-8 is said to make more than 400 horses, and paired with a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, it promises to be a blast to drive. It might not be supercar-quick, but compared to a stock 240Z, we have a feeling it accelerates like a rocket. Performance is further enhanced by MSA camber plates and coil-overs, Eibach springs, Suspension Techniques front and rear anti-roll bars, Modern Motorsports Extreme disc brakes, and, keeping it in the corporate family, a viscous limited-slip differential from an Infiniti Q45.

Starting with what’s said to be a rust-free California car with good panel gaps, the owner added Cobra mirrors, smoked halogen headlights, and 16-inch Panasport racing wheels wrapped in meaty-looking Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R competition tires. We think the colored tire lettering on the sidewalls are a nice touch, too. The car also comes with a number of parts decorated with a carbon-fiber pattern, including its bumpers, front and rear spoilers, and door handles. Inside, the custom interior has a Momo Competition steering wheel, Recaro seats, a Hurst shift knob, a climate-control system by Vintage Air, a custom audio setup, a harness bar, and a rear strut-tower brace.

This car certainly won’t be for everyone, and thanks to the amount of work that went into building it, it probably won’t be cheap. But the final price likely will be a fraction of what’s been put into it—such is the lot of the custom-car builder—and besides, it looks awesome, almost definitely sounds better than it did stock, and will easily stand out at the next Cars and Coffee. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in owning, you won’t have to wait long to start bidding. This custom 1972 Datsun 240Z will cross the block on Wednesday, January 16.

Barrett-Jackson ushers in a new year of high-octane auction action during its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, featuring some of the world’s most coveted collector vehicles and authentic automobilia collectibles, January 12-20, 2019, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. As in decades past, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions will be the epicenter of Collector Car Auction Week and entertain thousands of automotive enthusiasts with interactive exhibits, entertainment, and activities. Check your local TV listings to see it live on MotorTrend Network and download the app for exclusive, live coverage.

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