An extremely low mileage 1978 Datsun 260Z, which has been in storage for 21 years, will go under the hammer at the September Sale of Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA). To be held on September 24 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre in England, the original right-hand drive example of the Japanese classic was first registered in March 1978 and has had just two owners. The current owner, who bought it in 1994, used it sparingly before storing it away in 1995. The 260Z, which only has 8,285 miles (13,333km) on the clock, remained hidden away for 21 years since, until it was taken out again in May this year.
Once out of storage, the car was inspected by specialists who checked everything including the engine and certified that it’s in an exceptionally original condition. The engine was turned by hand and started by connecting it to a small auxiliary fuel tank to go around the actual fuel tank and lines.
Offered on auction in exactly the same condition as it into storage two decades ago, this 260 Z makes for a great acquisition for discerning collectors of Japanese classics. “This car is an unrepeatable opportunity to own what could be one of the lowest mileage ‘Z’ cars in existence”, says 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,” he adds. CCA expects to sell the car for anything between £18,000 (Dh87,700) to £22,000 (Dh107,000).
The buyer will also get the car’s history file containing past Ministry of Transport test details, original hand book, service book, tool roll, jack and wheel chock along with a letter from the Datsun 'Z' Car Register confirming its mileage.