1979 Datsun 280ZXSOLD

1979 Datsun 280ZX

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In the late 1970s, when domestic automakers were wondering how to make a high performance V8 engine with current emissions controls, the Datsun 280ZX quietly continued to deliver amazing performance for the dollar. Voted as Motor Trend's 1979 Import Car of the Year, it was an evolution of the wildly successful first generation 240/260/280Z and offered improve fuel economy, emissions and aerodynamics over its older siblings. And while the familial resemblance is instantly visible, the 280ZX was a complete redesign, retaining only the 2.8-liter inline-six engine of its predecessor in the process. This incredibly well preserved 1979 280ZX shows only 31,460 original miles-that's less than 1000 miles a year! With a 5-speed manual transmission and black paint over a red interior, it's arguably the most desirable of all the 2nd generation Z cars. The finish looks extremely impressive given its age and the paint technology of the time, and there's just no question that this car has been very well maintained and babied since it was new. There's no evidence of damage or repairs, and the car overall has a lovely patina that is a hallmark of all genuinely original cars. The doors open and close properly, the hatch fits tightly without any squeaks or rattles, and the big hood latches with a gentle push instead of a slam. Trim pieces are in equally good shape with no signs of fading from exposure to the sun, and all the brightwork (what little there is) remains bright and shiny. The red interior remains in virtually new condition throughout, from the carpets which show only light use, to the cloth seats that look like they've only been used for test drives. The foam underneath remains comfortable and firm, and doesn't feel brittle as it does on many cars of this vintage. The gauges are all fully functional, the steering wheel is clean, and the shifter slips through the gears effortlessly. An upscale entertainment system was one of the noteworthy upgrades that came with the 280ZX redesign, and while it doesn't blow you away like the powerful systems in today's high-end cars, it works as it should and actually sounds pretty good. The rear cargo compartment shows no evidence of UV damage on the carpets, which is extremely common with these cars, particularly those that have spent a lot of time outside. And you'll also note that this 280ZX remains a true 2-seater, and not the less desirable 2 2 that was part of the same redesign. The engine is a smooth-revving and great-sounding 2.8 liter inline-six that is directly descended from the engines that powered the famous early Z cars. By 1970, it was making more power than ever, although Nissan engineers tuned it to be more economical rather than for all-out power. Nevertheless, it makes a wonderful tenor at full throttle, and is uncannily smooth, even to those of us used to eight cylinders. The engine bay shows signs of regular maintenance, but is otherwise highly original and untouched. There are no questionable modifications, no signs of damage or previous abuse, and everything is in place as the factory intended. A weekend of detailing would probably transform it from merely functional to show-worthy without any additional investment in parts. The same holds true underneath, where it's clean and solid, with no signs of structural rust or damage. The 5-speed transmission shifts easily and provides an overdrive gear for easy highway cruising, while the all-independent suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes deliver high performance without a penalty. It rides on a set of Minilite-inspired alloy wheels wearing recent radial tires. There are many experts who believe that the day of the Z car as a legitimate collectable is not far off. They combine the best aspects of sports and grand touring cars with typical Japanese reliability. Handsome to look at, spirited on the road, with sophisticated manners that make them comfortable long-distance cruisers, they represent an awful lot of bang for the buck. The best ones, of course, are the low mile originals that need nothing to be driven and enjoyed, as repairs on bad examples can be staggeringly expensive. This 280ZX offers the ideal combination of excellent preservation and ready usability, and the result is a car you can drive without guilt and show with pride. Call now! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 120876

as of 4/1/2011

Car 1979 Datsun 280ZX
VIN HS130143640 
Mileage 31,460 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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