Classic Datsun Unearthed

Barn find. It’s a term banded about a lot these days, normally by cretins on eBay trying to sell a 1998 Mondeo. Look, Gary, just because it’s a bit dirty and the MOT has ran out, it’s not a barn find. You berk. In fact, people like Gary have ruined the term. As such, it’s no longer attached to genuine automotive discoveries. This incredible Datsun 260Z is a prime example of why.

Having been in storage for 21 years, and with only 8,285 miles on the clock, this car from the land of the rising sun is on another level. This is holy grail stuff. This would make anyone with a passing interest in classic cars giddy. A Datsophile (we assume that’s what they’re called) would probably pass out at the sight of something so original. It could actually be lowest mileage Z in the country, if not the world.

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So very few miles!

The car has had two owners. The first, from what we can gather, sold it on somewhat quickly. Maybe they had triplets and bought a dog or something. The second owner, however, found this car after a long and exhaustive search. They wanted their Datsun 260Z to be exactly like this one.

Sadly, after a just a year, a change in circumstances put the Datsun to bed. Locked away and covered up, that’s where she remained until May of this year. And in that time, a lot changed. The Datsun Z cars have always been popular, but today’s market is arguably the strongest it’s ever been. The cars weren’t particularly robust (in terms of corrosion) so very few survive.

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So very pretty

What makes this car really special, mileage aside, is the fact it still remains completely untouched. You want the original paperwork? You got it. Original tool kit? You have that too. How about the same tyres it rolled out of the factory with? They’re yours!

Though this originality does come laden with caveats. Yes, it’s original, but it’s also untested. The engine has been turned over by hand, it’s also been fired up briefly via an alternate fuel supply. But that’s it. The tank will need flushing. The brakes need renewing. The engine will need a service. The whole needs a thorough going through, just for peace of mind if nothing else. It’s a 1978 car after all. Furthermore, the 260z is a sports-car. They need lots of tinkering.

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New plugs and oil and it’ll be fine. Maybe

You’re not put off by that, are you? Of course not. You’re reading this because you like classic cars. And oil change shan’t phase you. And that’s good, because this car, after the lightest of recommissioning work, will be a hell of an investment.

It’s incredibly rare – ker-ching. It’s near mint (in terms of rust or damage) – ker-ching. Plus, there isn;t another one like it – JACKPOT. Oh, and the guide price is a mere £18 -£22,000. That’s pennies for a car this special. Imagine how much a Capri in this condition would be. The 260Z is a bargain!

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Factory fresh!

Need this in your life? Of course you do. That’s why you’re going to check out the auction listing and get ready to put a bid on it. It’s being sold on the 24th September by Classic Car Auctions. If you’re into your old tin, this isn’t a car to miss out on.

What do you think?

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