Clas­sic Ris­ers

Dat­sun 240Z

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - David Simis­ter

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.

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