1972 Datsun 240Z Scarab 327 350hp 8 cylinder engine with 4 speed manual transmission, Leather Interior, Air Conditioning, and Am/FM Stereo with Cassette.
Rare opportunity to acquire a significant piece of automotive history. Long-term owner of 27 years has decided to offer Scarab #1 for sale.
Not only is this car fully documented as an authentic factory produced example, it is the first one produced by the factory. It was used as the test car in the February 1976 Motor Trend and the September 1976 Road Test articles. It was also the car featured in the original sales brochure for Scarab Products. Its original owner was Brian Morrow, the creator and owner of Scarab Engineering. The original registration in Morrow’s name along with the original sales brochure accompany the car.
The car was marketed as the “Cobra of the 70’s” and some called Morrow “the second Shelby.” The California E.P.A. attempted to shut production down due to the failure of the balanced and blueprinted 327 angle head Chevy small blocks not meeting emission standards. Morrow was forced to sell Scarab No. 1 to raise cash to defend the company. He won the case but lost the car. It has been in private hands since.
The car is presently in mint original condition with only one repaint to the original color of Rolls Royce Pewter Metallic. Original equipment called for a T-10 aluminum wide ratio 4-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter, TRW forged pistons, an L-88 Corvette clutch unit with a lightweight flywheel, and Koni HP shocks. It handles like it’s on rails and is stable at all speeds with a near 50/50 weight distribution. Chromodora magnesium wheels, Swedish hand-stitched leather and a (then) state-of-the-art Sony stereo complete the interior. Road Test summed it up best saying “As subtle as a chain-link jock strap, the Scarab will not only blow 99 percent of the cars on the road into the weeds, it’ll do it in style.”
No disappointments for those who recognize the unique opportunity this car presents. How many times in your life do you get the opportunity to own the documented first car produced and originally owned by the creator of the company? This is that chance.