Vin 0006 - C Production Championship Datsun 240Z Built and Driven By Bob Sharp Racing
Description and History
1970 Datsun 240Z race car, Chassis Number HLS30-00006, built and raced by Bob Sharp Racing. Considered one of the most iconic race cars of all time.
By the late 1960’s Datsun (Nissan) had decided it needed a new sports car to replace their aging roadster with something bold and innovative. The very first 240Z to hit the shores of North America was vin umber HLS30-00006 painted in British Green and sent to the auto show circuit starting in NYC. Fate intervened when an overly exuberant model sat on the roof of the #00006 and dented it.
This Car is The First Z To Arrive In United States – Vin # 00006
The head of Nissan Motor Co. East, Soichi Kawazoe called Bob Sharp who had been racing a Datsun Roadster in C Production and told him if he hurried over he had a 240Z for him to race. Bob drove up with an open trailer to claim his prize and the very first 240Z race car was born.
According to Sharp, no expense was spared when building this car. It had every legal mod and every trick known by Sharp incorporated into the build. Sharp knew winning races would drive the sales of Datsun, who was sponsoring him, and also increase sales at his Connecticut based dealership.
“Win On Sunday, Sell On Monday” was their overriding marketing strategy.
AND WIN THEY DID!
Between 1967 and 1975, Sharp won the Sports Car Club of America National Championships six times, (in B-Sedan, F-Production and C-Production) and the IMSA GTU title, racing for Datsun, whose cars he was now selling like mad! His success with racing drove his dealership to go from selling 200 Datsuns per year to selling over 2000. With the success he was achieving, Sharp was also able to convince Paul Newman to join his team to campaign a Datsun 510.
Bob Sharp Wikipedia Link here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Sharp_(racing_driver)
#0006 is the very first 240Z production car known to exist, the first 240Z show car, the first 240Z to race in North America, and Bob Sharp’s first 240Z race car. It later became the 240Z raced by Jim Fitzgerald while he was racing for Bob Sharp Racing and then on his own.
Jim Fitzgerald had an illustrious racing career and joined Bob Sharp Racing to become team mate of Paul Newman. Fitzgerald raced 00006 in SCCA, Trans Am and IMSA GTU. It ran as a 240Z, 260Z and 280Z and had over a decade of racing in some of the most competitive series in North America.
Fitzgerald Wikipedia Page LINK – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Fitzgerald_(racing_driver)
Subsequent to its professional racing days, the car has been campaigned extensively in SCCA Vintage, SVRA and HSR. Featured in numerous race programs, articles both originally and as part of the vintage circuit.
#00006 was originally delivered in British Racing Green and then painted Candy Apple Red by Bob Sharp Racing . In 1973 it was repainted to the instantly recognizable Bob Sharp Racing red, white and blue paint scheme.
Allan Robbins purchased the car and a truck load of other valuable parts from the widow of Jim Fitzgerald, after he died in a racing incident. The car was restored a decade ago retaining many of the original unique Bob Sharp Racing parts. Original log book is included as well as original bill of sale from Jim Fitzgerald’s widow. This is the earliest known 240Z race car with an impeccable chain of ownership and full documentation.
Engine: 2400 CC OHC six cylinder engine rebuilt by Rebello Racing of CA
Intake: Triple Mikuni 44 carbs
Transmission: Early Nissan Competition 5 speed box
Brakes: FIA calipers up front and drums rear
Rear End: Nissan Comp R190 with LSD
Horsepower: 288 HP @7200 RPM
Wheels: 15” Vintage legal Panasports (original 14” minilites included)
Log Books: SCCA and SVRA log books included.
HLS30-0006 was displayed by NISSAN in 2010 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Z at the assembly plant in Smyrna, TN and the 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Laguna Seca, CA. Most recently, it was a featured entrant at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance in the featured Japanese Performance Group as well as gracing the official artwork for the event.
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Price / Value
This vehicle is one of the most iconic race cars in the world. It’s history and documentation proves beyond any doubt that it is 100% authentic. It is recognized all over the world as one of the greatest and most valuable Datsun race cars ever built. It will very likely continue to increase in price.
- Chassis Number HLS30-00006
- 1st 240Z in U.S.
- Ex Bob Sharp Racing C Production Race Car
- Most Famous Of All Z Cars
- Low Hours _____ Engine
- 5 Speed Datsun Competition Transmission
- Authentic History
- Prior Restoration – Slight Racing Patina
- Many Track Records
- SVRA History
- Race Ready
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