If you needed more proof that originality counts, here it is. In the JNC world, a 1975 Datsun 280Z 2+2 is a special breed. Its 5 mph bumpers and rooflines practically guarantee that no one but the kindest of owners will adopt one from the shelter. In the world of high-end auctions, however, bone stockness trumps all, and the ugly duckling of the S30 family shines to the tune of $50-grand.
You can’t get much more original that this, either. According to the listing, this particular car has only 2,000 miles on the odometer. Not only that, but the wheels and tires you see on the car were swapped with aftermarket units when the car was purchased and driven for those 2,000 miles, meaning the original wheels and tires have nothing but the delivery miles on them.
The fetishization of originality has been a hotly debated topic here at JNC. We generally take the stance that if the car is rare, reversible or period correct modifications are okay. Whatever your opinion on the matter may be, however, it’s clear that the broader classic car collector community has spoken, and they want it unmolested.
UPDATE: So alert readers have pointed us to the fact that this is the car that was featured on the show Chasing Classic Cars. Here is a video of the find.
See the listing at the Bonhams website.