(CNN) — On Tuesday night, Nissan unveiled the Z Proto, offering up an early look at what will be the first new version of its Nissan Z sports car in more than a decade.
The Z Proto, which Nissan calls a “development study vehicle,” is a “near-production protoype,” according to the company.
Nissan’s Z cars have long had a passionate following and early models have become collectibles. Original 240Zs that arein good condition are worth about$20,000 today, according to collector car appraisers at Hagerty. But an extraordinary 1971 model with only 21,000 miles sold on the auction website Bringatrailer.com last January for $310,000.
The lastproductionversion, which is sold as the 370Z in the US, was introduced in 2009. It hasn’t been substantially redesigned since then.
The Z Proto has a number of design elements drawn from earlier model Z models. The shape of its hood and headlights are reminiscent of