About Piston Juice
Posts by Matt McCormack:
Sold by Stone Cold Classics
A fully restored, left hand drive early 240Z with a 280Z engine and 5-speed gearbox.
Imported from San Jose California USA in late 2015 as a genuine dry-state car fully sorted mechanically with a rust free but poor condition body. Imported by famed Z specialist MZR Roadsports in Bradford and sold to me as it was considered too good for their nut and bolt restoration process. We stripped the car to bare metal, removed all glass and painted the whole car in Ferrari Maranello Red as it was the closest match to the original Nissan red. Many thousands of pounds were spent at the Z Store in the USA on all body jewelry, almost all of the interior parts (including very expensive door cards), new professionally fitted seat covers, UK style bumpers, UK rear lights and front spoiler. We fitted brand new Toyo tyres to the mint condition Panasport alloy wheels and it’s recently had a new battery. The car is fully UK registered and has a current MOT until 21 June 2019, and is tax free.
ENGINE GEARBOX AND BRAKES
The 2.8 litre straight 6 engine runs sweetly and the 5-speed gearbox is slick and precise and a real boon for modern driving. Brakes are positive and pull the car up without issue. Exhaust is excellent all the way through with a brand new, correct tailpipe.
Almost as-new paintwork all-round, perfect wheels, fantastic interior with many many new parts, flawless chrome, new badges, trim, bonnet hinges, new rubber kit (every rubber and seal is new) new spare wheel, tyre and wood cover, new carpets and sound deadening, original glass in good condition.
We saw one of these in the Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse in France a couple of years ago and my wife declared she must have one! Two things surprised me on our return to the UK – one, there are only two 204 cabrios registered in the UK (not to be confused with the more available 304) and secondly when looking on the continent they are not cheap! So we are pleased to see this example come up on eBay. It looks in lovely shape and has only done 62,000 miles but does have some rust on the rear so will require work to get perfect. It’s in Edinburgh for those willing to travel…
This 1975 Fiat is up for auction on Norwegian auction site auksjonen.no with bids starting at around £3000.
It looks really sharp in light blue with a red interior, but how deep does that rust go…
Price: £3,000 starting bid
Where: Lap63 (www.lap63.co.uk), United Kingdom
For sale by lap63 (lap63.co.uk) is this fabulous 1954 Citroen Traction Avant dirt racer replica. Built by an enthusiast between 1980 and 2007, the car features great details like Alouette II helicopter seats! £25,000.
Where: finn.no, Drammen, Norway
We don’t know much about this turbo-look 2002 for sale in Norway, but what we do know is that we love it! It’s a very strong price for a modified 2002 but these cars are making money now and any rust-free example is not going to be cheap. £20k to you if you are bold enough!
Price: 250,000Kr (£20,500)
Where: catawiki.nl, Avignon, France
This cute French, Alpine-like coupe is one of only 90 ever made, and one of only a handful left. Made by a French company called CG (CHAPPE et GESSALIN) in 1973, it has been re-painted but is otherwise original. The engine is a 1294cc sourced from a Simca 1000 Rallye 2 and develops just 90hp. The car is said to have traveled only 102,900km since new.
Price: €28,000 (£20,600) NOTE: Auction not complete
Where: hemmings.com, Tampa, Florida
This is no ordinary Gremlin – this little critter packs a 400bhp V8 punch! Subtle Pine Green metallic paint and American Racing Torq Thrust alloys complete the exterior, whilst inside there’s a Grant GT steering wheel and a giant tacho and Hurst T-bar shifter. The 401cu.in.balanced and blueprinted motor includes TRW pistons, AMC dogleg-type heads with AMX SS valves, and a full Lunati package with cam, lifters, springs, and roller rockers. It’s topped with a Holley Street Avenger 750 CFM carburetor and Offenhauser intake. All that for under £15k!
Price: $21,995 (£14,800)