David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/27/18 2:57 p.m.

Story by David S. Wallens • Photos by Tim Suddard
Restoration Photos Courtesy John Taddonio

All that John Taddonio wanted to do was install some stiffer springs. In the end, though, he wound up totally restoring his Datsun 240Z. Actually, a small clarification: He kind of wound up having to restore the car twice.

Like a lot of us, John can trace his infatuation with sports cars back to his more impressionable days. When he was 12 years old, his dad came home with a brand-new 1970 Jaguar XKE. The next year, John saw something he liked even better: A friend of his dad’s showed up with a Datsun 240Z.

“It had similarities to the Jag, but with a sleek hatchback body that I actually preferred to the Jag’s drop top. It just looked right,” Taddonio recalls. “I was allowed to have a seat behind the wheel, and immediately fell in love. A wood steering wheel. An ultra modern jet-black cockpit with the coolest gauges deep set in the dash. It looked fast standing still. That day it became my dream car.”

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Flynlow
Flynlow HalfDork
4/4/18 1:30 p.m.

Thanks for posting this, I really enjoyed reading it.  Nice to hear about a normal guy getting through a troublesome restoration (long timeline, shop change, etc.).  Gives me hope for my own projects.

jeff090962
jeff090962
4/12/18 9:58 a.m.

Thanks for the great read David and it gives me hope that I might actually finish my 260Z project one of these years.  I did finally move into a new place last Saturday with an 850 sf garage so my poor Trans Am, Datsun and Lincoln LS can be united again under one roof with room to work on them.  Getting the rest of the shop stuff over to the house is this Saturday's project. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/24/18 11:27 a.m.

Thanks. That was a fun one to put together. 

wdbricke
wdbricke New Reader
6/9/20 3:45 p.m.

A neat comparison road test would be an early FR-S/BRZ versus a 240Z/260Z. Prices and performance should be close. 914-6 and even a Dino/308 would also be close in performance.

wspohn
wspohn Dork
6/13/20 10:58 a.m.

I always thought that if I owned a 240Z I'd want it with stock steel wheels and caps.  Those are now pretty rare as the first trip of a new purchser was almost always to the tire shop to but mag wheels - to the point that seeing a 240 with original factory wheels was a very rare sight.

dougie
dougie Reader
6/16/20 10:49 p.m.
wspohn said:

I always thought that if I owned a 240Z I'd want it with stock steel wheels and caps.  Those are now pretty rare as the first trip of a new purchser was almost always to the tire shop to but mag wheels - to the point that seeing a 240 with original factory wheels was a very rare sight.

Guess you missed this one last month on BAT....

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1971-datsun-240z-136/

wspohn
wspohn Dork
6/17/20 12:38 p.m.

I did, thanks.  I try to limit my visits as I always find things I like and find myself thinking "Where could I put another car?"

Darwinz
Darwinz New Reader
6/25/20 7:50 p.m.

Whoah that is a precious one! John really did a great job keeping that in pristine condition.

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