Datsun 240 Z Scarab


Take one of the most revered classic JDM cars ever made and mate it with raw American muscle and you get something pretty spectacular.

This 1971 Datsun 240 Z has been given the full Scarab treatment (and then some) and is a perfect mix of style and, well…savagery!

Based on the original Scarab built 240 Z cars of the 1970s, this car was built by Watson Racing in California who improved on the original Scarab Z cars with modern thinking and engineering and has covered just 2000 miles since being built in 2007.

The basis of this creation is a fully seam-welded 240 Z in New Sight Orange that still retains all of its original exterior and interior equipment and sits beautifully on a set of satin grey 15” Watanabe Racing wheels.

Once you dig deeper, however, the changes and upgrades become apparent.

At the heart of the car is a 5.4l Chevy Small Block V8 mated to a 4-speed manual Autogear gearbox that has been given the full Watson Racing treatment and puts out a stonking 340 untamed horsepower and provides that signature American V8 soundtrack.

This is definitely not a car for a gentle cruise in the countryside!

To cope with the additional weight and power, a myriad of other upgrades and enhancements have been fitted to the drivetrain and chassis including a combination of Toyota Hilux and Nissan Maxima brakes to give increased performance and still fit inside a 15” wheel.

The engineering work and attention to detail of this build is superb and the car is complete with a full set of receipts for all work carried, a full build sheet itemising all upgrades and parts fitted, plus original Scarab documentation.

We think Road Test magazine said it best of the original Scarab cars when it wrote, “Subtle as a chain-link jock strap, the Scarab will not only blow 99 percent of the cars on the road in the weeds, it’ll do it in style.”


Viewing by appointment outside Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Warranty included. Finance available. All cars supplied with valid NCT where appropriate.

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