One of the most immaculate ‘Z’ cars you’ll ever find.
A pristine, all-original 1978 Datsun 260Z is heading to auction later this month in the U.K. It will be part of the Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) sale, and will cross the block on Saturday, September 24th.
Uncovered after sitting 21 years untouched, this Datsun has just 8,285 miles to its name. It was pulled out of storage in May, and underwent a thorough inspection by a specialist - the engine turned by hand then connected to a small auxiliary fuel tank.
It’s a right-hand drive, two-owner example originally registered in the U.K. in March of 1978. It was purchased by its current owner in 1994, then promptly put into storage. It retains the original Copper Bronze Metallic paint scheme that it wore new in 1978, and all the original interior components.
“This car is an unrepeatable opportunity to own what could be one of the lowest mileage ‘Z’ cars in existence,” said Guy Lees-Milne, Auction Manager of CCA. “ This fantastic car is a rare find ready for recommissioning or preserving, and will make for a very rewarding and straightforward project for the winning bidder.”
With an estimate of £18,000 - £22,000 ($24,000 - $29,000), even in original condition the ‘Z' cars remain a viable option for the car collector on a budget. You might remember the more-slightly-used 1973 Datsun 240Z we featured previously that sold for $14,100.
With this example, you’ll also be getting an original hand book and service book, original tool roll, jack, and wheel chock, and even a letter from the Datsun ‘Z' Car Register confirming the cars’s mileage.
Don’t miss out on the chance to own one of the most pristine Datsun ‘Z' cars around.
Source: Classic Car Auctions
Gallery: 1978 Datsun 260Z Auction
A rare, low mileage 1978 Datsun 260Z, which has been hidden away for 21 years, will go under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale on Saturday 24th September at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.
The original UK, right-hand drive example was first registered in March 1978 and has had just two owners in its lifetime. Purchased by its current owner in 1994, the car was the fruit of a long and laborious search by its owner to source the best 260Z possible. With its low mileage and long term ownership, this particular Datsun was the rare find the owner was looking for, finished in a striking shade of Copper Bronze Metallic.
It was used sparingly for just one year before a change in circumstances meant that the car was put into storage in 1995, showing just 8,285 miles on the clock. It remained there for a further 21 years, untouched, until being revealed again in May of this year.
When the car was pulled out of storage it underwent a thorough inspection by a marque specialist. The engine was turned by hand and then connected to a small auxiliary fuel tank to bypass the fuel tank/lines and briefly started and run with no obvious issues.
Today, presented exactly as the day it went into storage two decades ago, the car’s wonderfully original condition makes it a highly collectible and rare example, showing no obvious signs of excessive use. As a time-warp example, it is expected to sell for £18,000 to £22,000 when offered at auction.
“This car is an unrepeatable opportunity to own what could be one of the lowest mileage ‘Z’ cars in existence”, explains Guy Lees-Milne, auction manager of CCA. “This fantastic car is a rare find ready for recommissioning or preserving, and will make for a very rewarding and straightforward project for the winning bidder.”
Included in the sale is the car’s history file containing past MoTs, original hand book and service book, original tool roll, jack and wheel chock and a letter from the Datsun 'Z' Car Register confirming its mileage.