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1978 Datsun 280Z

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We often get asked for advice on the best starter collectables-cars that can be purchased for not a lot of money and enjoyed with a minimum of fussing. This 1978 Datsun 280Z certainly qualifies. With just 48,010 original miles and a cosmetic freshening, it's a handsome car that delivers a vintage driving experience that's easy to use in today's traffic. If you're looking for a fun, sporty, unusual driver that will always get people talking, it's hard to do better than this. The paint was refinished a few years ago in the original dark green color, and compared to all the silver and black Z cars you see out there, it's a classic combination that looks remarkably good on the curvaceous sheetmetal. It's very clean and there are no obvious signs of rust or previous damage, making this the ideal car for a first-time buyer who isn't looking for a project. The purity of the original Z-car's shape is undeniably attractive, and the classic long nose profile is more Jaguar E-Type than Datsun functional. The rubber bumpers remain in good condition with no cracking or fading, and the rear window slats haven't been damaged by the sun's UV rays. The only deviation from original specification is a unique grill guard up front that was most likely a dealer-installed accessory. The camel tan interior is 100% original and given the low mileage on the car, it's easy to see why it's in such good condition. The seats show only moderate wear, with no splits or tears in the material, and the foam underneath remains firm and comfortable. All the gauges are fully functional, the A/C blows ice cold, and an Alpine stereo features new door speakers. The only demerit might be the carpets, which are showing their age, but a professional clean-up might work wonders, and replacements are inexpensive and easy to find. In back, the cargo bay offers plenty of room. Datsun knew that the 280Z needed to be competitive, so the 2.8 liter inline-six is a gutsy powerplant that revs smoothly and delivers impressive torque. Thanks to fuel injection, it starts and idles beautifully, and pulls through the gears with a musical tenor that you'll enjoy every time you fire it up. The engine bay is tidy and clean, showing signs of conscientious maintenance throughout its life, and all the many hoses are in good condition. The 4-speed manual slips through the gears almost telepathically, and the light clutch feels new. It rolls on a handsome set of aluminum alloys wearing 195/70/14 Yokohamas. The same things that made the original Z-car popular when it was new makes it a fabulous collector piece today: great performance, fun handling, and reliable mechanicals. This car needs nothing to be enjoyed immediately, and could be easily upgraded over time, thanks to a thriving aftermarket. Introduce yourself to the purity of driving that comes from a well-balanced chassis and an engine that can make the most of it.

Reference Number 130875

as of 6/25/2011

Overview
Car 1978 Datsun 280Z
VIN HLS30404155 
Mileage 48,000 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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