Piston Foundation Partners with Bring a Trailer

The Piston Foundation, whose mission is to bring more young people into the trades of the collector car industry, is partnering with Bring a Trailer (BaT) to auction off a 1973 Datsun 240Z, the organizations announced.

Proceeds from the sale will support the foundation’s scholarship program, the nonprofit said.

Bidding on the Datsun, which commemorates BaT’s 100,000th listing, is now live and will end on March 7, the auction platform said. One hundred percent of the proceeds, including the five percent BaT buyer’s fee, will be donated to the Piston Foundation.

“The Piston Foundation is proud to be chosen as the Bring a Trailer charity partner for this milestone auction,” said Jeff Mason, president and COO of the Piston Foundation. “BaT’s support of our mission to bring more young people into the trades of the auto restoration industry highlights the importance of this cause for the collector car community and demonstrates BaT’s leadership.

“In the auction’s comment section, there’s great affection for the community BaT has created. Piston is feeling the love, too. As an independent public charity serving the car enthusiast community, we’ve received many words of support. Thanks to Randy Nonnenberg and his team for making us part of this celebration.”

“Our community of enthusiasts has been the backbone of BaT’s success since the beginning. In considering how to recognize this milestone, the only option was something that would enable us to give back and help fuel the passion of the next generation of auto enthusiasts,” said Randy Nonnenberg, co-founder and president of Bring a Trailer.

The Datsun 240Z model was acquired by Bring a Trailer in 2018 and has since been used for cross-country road trips, BaT alumni gatherings and rallies, the company said.

Repainted in lime green, the 240Z has been modified with a Rebello Racing 2.7-liter straight-six engine, triple Weber carburetors, and a five-speed manual transmission. Other features include a limited-slip differential, four-wheel disc brakes, a lowered suspension and 16-inch Panasport wheels with new Michelin tires.

A.J. Hecht

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