A wild datsun 260z 2+2 appears on the native gum tree website hahahah.
i bought my 73 240Z in 1987. At that time, they were still pretty hard to find. Obviously there were more than now, but they were never common. This was before the internet, and the trading post or classifieds in the Age is where you found them. I looked at quite a few 2 seaters back then, and many had rust in those days when they were just 14 or so years old.
I paid $3,700 for mine in 1987, and it needed rust repairs then (fuel tank filler, battery area of firewall and rear hatch striker panel). Fortunately it did not need dogleg work...that was all good. At that time, I was an apprentice mechanic and I earned $113/week less tax. So, that was a LOT of money back then for a first car, but I spent it to get what i wanted.
25 years have passed since then. You cannot expect to get an even half alright 2 seater for 7-8k unless someone very naive is selling it. If you can find a cheap 2 seater, you will spend a motza on panel repairs if you want to do them properly, unless you're a good panel man, in which case you better have plenty of free weekends available to you.
My advice as an older fart who has done this a time or two: Save for longer, and spend what you need to spend to get the best body you can find....the mechanical work is relatively straight forward compared with the body work. PAY THE $$ TO GET A CAR WITH A GOOD BODY IF AT ALL HUMANLY POSSIBLE!
Bear in mind if you are skilled at rust repairs, don't mind a challenge and have the time you can buy a basket case and repair. I have never gone over 250 Hours on a body resto but for someone professional to do it for you at $75 to $95 an hour you can be way out of budget. Unless stored in the right enviroment any unrestored Zed can have rust just doing it's thing on the unprotected side of a panel.
To be honest, for $7,000 you will get a car that looks/drives shivere. Best advice is work hard, make some sacrifices in other areas of your life, save up, and buy a better one, will save you money in the long run and give you more satisfaction. The 240z/260z is a beautiful car but looks like junk if you don't look after it.
Well ill try and save up but my patience will overcome me hahah, but personally it dosent bother me that there is a little bit of rust or something like that because that way i will never get bored of the car and it will also give me something to do and i can also learn from it. As much as i would a like a really perfect datsun 240z or 260z i will be to scared to drive it and take it places and be worried all the time were as if i have a car that is in a work and progress it wouldn't really bother me unless the car look like trash hahah, well that's my point of view