The 240Z earned Datsun plenty of fans – particularly in the United States – by offering MG-esque sports car thrills with added reliability. It’s this reputation as being the first and purest of the Z range that has helped keep prices ahead of the later cars. Had you bought a decent example 15 years ago you’d probably have spent in the region of about £6k, but a wider increase in classic values in general, and in early sporting Nissans in particular, has pushed prices today to around £16k, but owners are bullish and we’ve seen neat and low-mileage examples
fetch far more. It’s a tricky one because prices vary wildly – we’ve seen mint UKmarket originals being advertised for as much as £40k. But the trickle of LHD cars imported from the States has helped stem what would have otherwise been a more dramatic price rise. Even so, it’s considerably ahead of the later 260 and 280 models, and we expect prices to rise further still.