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1972 Nissan Fairlady ZG PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bill Pack
Estimate: $65,000 - $85,000 USD
  • 1972
  • Nissan
  • Fairlady ZG
  • HS30 - 100011
  • Grand Prix Maroon
  • Black
  • Matching Numbers
  • Historical Documentation
  • Service History Included
  • Original Colors
  • Running Condition
  • Books / Manuals
  • Tool Kit

The most rare and beautiful Z

Thrilling to drive and Hollywood good looks. This is the real deal, the Holy Grail of Z cars, the mythical Fairlady ZG. With an extended front end, covered lights, 5-speed transmission and limited slip rear differential, the ZG is considered by most Z enthusiasts as the most beautiful and desirable of the many Z variants.

This Car’s Past

Although not much is known of it's early history. It is important to note that we do know that this rare Fairlady was first registered in September 1972 in Shinegawa District of Tokyo, and that it is a genuine Fairlady ZG and not the US dealer-modified variant. It was bought in Japan in 2013 from JDM specialist Vintage Yoshino. It was imported and titled by one of the USA's leading Japanese Domestic Market car collectors and the man responsible for the emergence of S20 engine cars on the American Collector Car market.

History of The Model

The Japan-only HS30-H Nissan Fairlady ZG was released in Japan in October 1971 to homologate the 240Z for Group 4 racing. Differences between the Fairlady ZG and an export market Datsun 240Z include an extended fiberglass ‘aero-dyna’ nose, wider over-fenders riveted to the body, a rear spoiler, five speed transmission, limited slip rear differential, “lap timer” version clock, acrylic glass headlight covers and fender-mounted rear-view mirrors. The Fairlady ZG was available in three colors: Grande Prix Red, Grande Prix White and Grande Prix Maroon. The "G" in Fairlady ZG stands for "Grande." Although the ZG was not sold in the USA and was never sold outside Japan, in order for it to be eligible for competition in the U.S., Nissan sold the nose kit as a dealer's option, which is known as the "G-nose". With the nose added, these 240Zs are often referred to as 240ZGs, outside Japan.

Restoration History

Upon inspection at the time of purchase in Japan, the current owner noticed that the car had been originally Maroon, then painted silver and taken back to Maroon again. The seats appear to be original, as does the dashboard and the rest of the interior. While in his care, the current owner has overseen the restoration of the paint to it's correct and original Maroon color in every nook and cranny. His mechanics have replaced the shocks and brake lines, while also performing routine maintenance. This ZG has been very slightly modified with heavy-duty wires, Datsun racing steering wheel, a rear brace and Watanabe rims.

Market Trend

JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) cars are among the hottest of sectors of the collector car market right now, while early domestically delivered Z prices also continue to rise. There has never been a recorded sale of a Fairlady ZG in the United States; in it's own country, the ZG's trade anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000. To serve as a reference point and in order to identify a Fairlady Z as a serious blue chip collector level car, it should be noted that since March 2015, two JDM Fairlady Z432's have sold at pubic auctions in the USA for $253,000 and $170,800. Bearing in mind that although the more powerful Z432 has the S30 engine, which itself can sell for as much as $50,000, it is also a more mundane looking “Z” car, which can easily be mistaken for a regular Z. The ZG does not have that problem.

Summary

You'll have to look long and hard in a country halfway around the world to try and find another. This one is here and titled and you'll be the only guy at the track day with one.

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