The 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R, as it’s known in Japan, is the holy grail of the S30 generation of Zed. Okay, so calling it a ‘240’ is selling it short, especially since it’s essentially a Zed racecar with a GT-R engine.
The S20 inline six-cylinder from the first-ever Nissan GT-R (known to many as ‘Hakosuka’) was the powerplant for a series of Fairlady Z 432s, of which 420 are believed to exist.
Rarer still are the few dozen (30-50, says seller BH Auctions) 432Rs, which featured thinner (and therefore lighter) body panels, a fibreglass reinforced plastic bonnet, acrylic side and rear windows, and a 100-litre fuel tank. The point of all this? The Fairlady Z432R was designed to race.
It adds up to a car that’s 100kg lighter than the ‘standard’ Z432, so around 940kg, but with a 118kW/177Nm six-pot driving the rears.
Thus, even with 98,040km on its odometer, this rare beast sold for ¥88,550,000, or AUD$1.17m.
Prior to this sale, the most expensive auction for a Nissan Zed car we could find was a Z432, sold through RM Sotheby’s in 2015 at Amelia Island for, at the time, just a smidge short of AUD$367K. Another sold at the same location two years later for about $247K.
Also going under the hammer at the BH auction was an (almost) equally pricey Toyota 2000GT, a Lancia 037 Stradale, and several rare and tidy various Porsche 911s.