Lot 31 at today’s Bonhams’ auction for classic and historic motor cars at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona is an exceptionally low mileage Datsun 280Z 2+2 from 1975, with an estimated value of around $40,000 (roughly £27,500 at the current exchange rate).
For around the same money, you could also splash out just over £27,000 for a brand new Nissan 370Z entry model, today’s evolution of the 1975 280Z, both better known in their domestic Japanese market as the Fairlady range.
At a whisker over £27,000, today new entry level 370Z offers exceptional value to the buyer seeking an entertaining sports coupe ride. For the same money though, the totally original LHD US-specification 280Z also looks tempting, even if it is the less desirable and iconic 2+2 model.
With an astonishingly low original mileage of just over 2,000 miles, the one owner 280Z is in the same condition it originally left the American Datsun showroom in more than 40 years ago.
The Datsun’s 2.8-litre straight six developed 170hp back in 1975, giving a top speed of 126mph with 0-60 appearing in 7.8 seconds. This compares to the new 3.7-litre Nissan with a power output of 331 bhp, a maximum speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 in 5.3 seconds.
That’s progress for you, but which one would you chose? A quick and very non-scientific ‘show of hands’ poll in the GRR office saw each of us plumb for the 1975 Datsun over the current Nissan, great though the new 370Z is.