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Value of An Original Drivetrain to a 240Z?

Hi there.

I am a Newbie to this website forum but had a '72 240Z back in the day. I have searched this site and elsewhere, but haven't come up with much regarding this question. I am looking to restore a car to stock condition except for a few upgrades underneath.

I'm looking at two cars as possible candidates. One is a '73 rolling shell that is stripped and has most of the welding done. It does not have its original drivetrain but is complete and comes with an L-24 motor that turns and a 4 spd and 5 spd that goes with it.

The other car is a barnfind. Its a '73 with only 42,000 miles. It runs, its complete. But its got rust issues in all of the usual places and its got its original drivetrain. But it comes at a higher price and will need to be stripped to restore it.

My question is, after all of the time money and expense to put an original mostly stock 240Z back on the road, does having the original drivetrain make much of a difference to the value of the car or the ease of selling it? I'm definitely looking to keep it, but would like to have an idea of value to the market place of a mostly original car compared to one with an L-24 that has been swapped refreshed and slightly upgraded.

Thank-you so much for your thoughts!

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If the 911 market is any indicator, the ability to have as original a 240 as possible will increase as time goes forward. That and the quality of the work done will be what adds more value to the car in my opinion.

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If all else is the same I would go for the one with the 5 speed. Done properly it should have more value than the original 4 speed. It was a desirable upgrade. Check to be sure that there is a drive shaft (propeller shaft in Datsun talk) for the 5 speed. Heck why not buy both!
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