Datsun Bluebird/1200/1600/240K - Market Review 2019

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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Datsun Bluebird/1200/1600/240K

Anyone on the hunt for a Datsun 1600 and disappointed by a scarcity of good cars might like to consider a snappy 1200 Coupe or perhaps jump to a 240K. 1600s that haven’t had their character hijacked by latter-day modifications are hard to find and cars that aren’t remotely outstanding can still reach $30,000.

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Hot-rodded examples of the 1200 utility can exceed $20K, with the much cuter coupe $5000 cheaper.

We found a Japanese-market 240K coupe at more than $60,000 but locally-sold cars at $15-20,000 have better growth potential.

Early Bluebirds were mostly commercial versions at prices below what’s typical for passenger models.

Bluebird 1963-68 $8755 [9] 

1200 Sedan/Wagon $8900 [9]

1200 Coupe $14,500 [3] 

1200 Utility $12,215 [23]

1600 Sedan/Wagon $17,445 [9] 

240K $10,500 [2]

[*] = number of recorded sales

(Note: concours & special cars may demand more.)

Numbers from our 2019 Japanese car Market Value Guide.


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