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1978 Datsun 280Z



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1978 Datsun




Engine Size
2.8 Liter
5 Speed Manual
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This beautiful dark metallic 1978 Datsun 280Z represents the best of the two-seat Z-cars that totally transformed the automotive landscape in the 1970s. As the latest models prove, the Z will always have a place in our garages and in our hearts, and this final year for the original 280 will likely keep a place of honor in the rapidly appreciating Japanese classic car market.

The first generation Zs like this one have a great European-inspired design that looks like a Jaguar E-Type that went to an Italian finishing school. But this one has a hint of something more. The Dark Metallic Charcoal is a full professional application of a modern color. It gives the coupe a deep luster that projects a sinister appearance over this sleek and straight body. This attitude is highlighted in even further with the factory Minilite wheels painted to match. Even the traditionally chrome bumpers were part of the respray, which turns the once cheerful energy absorbing front bumper into something like a cowcatcher for this fierce freight train of a Z. The luster of the dark metallic paint even rivals the shine on the remaining brightwork on the window trim and badges.

The interior backs up this aggressive performance attitude with a few nice upgrades. The newer Recaro black and gray sports buckets are a perfect placement, and Grant GT steering wheel looks right at home. Everything else is the great engineering that came straight from Datsun/Nissan. In true Japanese fashion, they took what was already great about contemporary sports cars and enhanced it with user-friendly design and unimpeachable reliability. As a result, the cockpit talks directly to the driver with no interference from quirky ergonomics or heavy control actions. Instead, the speedo and tach are set into twin round pods with a trio of auxiliary dials set up high on the dash. The shifter is perfectly positioned so you always find the right gear. And the AM/FM/CD stereo is a nice upgrade for your favorite tunes while blasting down a backroad.

The fuel-injected 2.8-liter inline-six is a fantastic motor. It's both rev-happy and torquey, which has helped Datsun/Nissan establish its reputation for fun cars. It still has that same baritone wail that epitomizes big-horsepower inline-sixes, and because it's a Nissan, you know the motor is reliable and smooth. The engine bay is as clean as the rest of the car, and it benefits from good maintenance, including new braided belts, wire, and hoses. Even the radiator has been replaced during its service history. But what you really should take note of is how this one has not been modified over the years, which is further evidence of living a good life. The 280Z was truly built for driving pleasure, and you can tell with features like the fully independent suspension, front disc brakes, and the optional five-speed manual transmission.

This one has everything you want in the last of the original Zs - classic looks, modern unique touches, and an unbelievably affordable price. It even comes with the owner's manual. Don't look twice or this one will be gone. Call today!!!

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  • Defrost
  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Player
  • Cloth Interior
  • Heat
  • Vinyl Interior
  • Fuel Injection
  • Power Brakes
  • Front Disc Brakes
  • Rear Defogger
  • Seatbelts
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  • Owner's Manual
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Exterior Color
Dark Metallic Charcoal
Interior Color
Black & Gray
Front Brakes
Power Disc
Rear Brakes
Power Drum
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