Funny how in such a short segment, he says get a 71 / 72 ignoring the 69 / 70 build cars. Which are arguably the most collectible. Then it lists prices in Japan of a "Datsun 240z" when there was no such thing. So what is that monetary figure applied to?
When he says 50 grand what currency is he talking about? USD, AUD? I assume USD because it was probably filmed a while ago. They have already exceeded that figure anyway, depending on the market and specification of car. If you consider HS30-H and PS30 etc.. then they totally eclipse that figure anyway..
Good that they (S30z's) are getting more and more recognition but calling it the most beautiful Japanese car (and I would somewhat agree in my biased view) ignores other great shapes like the Toyota 2000GT the FD RX-7 (my opinion), NSX, R32 GTR etc..
I don't think many would argue that the 'early girls' are not more valuable - I have seen plenty of evidence of that in the Australian and US markets lately. (71's have been selling for top dollar on the first day of being advertised, while Matt Drago's 73 has had an extremely well executed and documented restoration and has been on the market for months.)
Maybe the presenter isn't aware of the existence of the earlier cars, and what he is really saying is that the 71 and 72 are more collectible than the 73?
The show was made earlier this year. All the values he talks about are in British pounds and in the British car market. In the screen shot attached to my post, it shows the then current approximate conversions of GBP £25,000 to US $40,000, €31,000, ¥430,000 and AU $45,000 - they are not supposed to be the value of S30's in foreign (to the UK) markets.
His prediction is that "they're going to go past fifty grand one day" = GBP £50,000 (AU $109,400 at today's rate). He does not give that a time frame however, so you can't argue with it - because one day within the next 5 to 300 years good examples probably will sell for that much. (Suitable fuel may be difficult to find though )
As for the 240Z being "the best looking sports car ever to come out of Japan" - its subjective (beauty is the eye of the ... blah,blah,blah)
Edited by GongZ, 05 September 2015 - 12:27 AM.