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For Sale: 1978 Datsun 280Z

280Z 1978

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$18,995.00
Location:    Fort Worth, Texas US
Stock #:    571-DFW
Ad Renewed:    July 16, 2014
Ad Expires:    August 15, 2014
 
 
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Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth  (11)
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76137 US
855-877-2707
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 Vehicle Specifics
Year: 1978 Make / Model: Datsun 280Z
Mileage: 4167 Title Status: Clear
Engine: -- Transmission: Automatic Exterior Color: Black
Doors: 2 Interior Color: Black
 
 Vehicle Description
This beautiful black 1978 280Z represents the best of the 2-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 early 280Z is a fantastic way to enjoy the ride.





Looking at the shape, its clear that theres a little bit of E-Type Jag in there, maybe a hint of Corvette, and plenty of MG, too. Fast, light, agile, and affordable, even today, this Z is a delight. Its also the recipient of a fairly comprehensive restoration, with nice paint and trim that gave the 35-year-old sports car a brand new look. Cars like this were often put away as sunny-day drivers, and as a result, this one shows none of the bumps and bruises of the daily grind and it certainly appears that it lived most of its life someplace warm and dry. Chrome was going out of fashion in 1978, but there are still a few bright pieces, including both bumpers and the stainless around the windows, all of which remains in very good shape. Even things like the rubber bumper overriders are supple and undamaged by UV rays, suggesting that this car has led a very sheltered existence. Rear window slats are an iconic performance look





One of the Z-cars biggest successes is the interior, which is both sporting and functional. The black bucket seats were designed by guys who knew the car would be used to its potential, so they have thicker bolsters than most, and the pleated upholstery looks quite racy. Of course, all of this remains in great condition, showing only very minor signs of use since the restoration. The dash is full of easy-to-read instruments, each housed in its own pod, including a row of auxiliary gauges in the center, a look that is still evident today in the latest Nissan GT-R. These cars were top-of-the-line machines by 1978, and this one comes with factory A/C, an automatic transmission, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo. Theres a positively massive trunk area under the rear hatch, and the carpets show almost no wear or fading, surely thanks to the window slats out back.





The L28E 2.8 liter inline-six is a fantastic motor. Torquey, yet eager to rev, it was enlarged to better suit American driving tastes, as well as to make the automatic transmission a reality. It still has that same baritone wail that epitomizes big-horsepower inline-sixes, and because its a Nissan, its also reliable and smooth. The engine bay is as clean as the rest of the car, and that tangle of hoses is how the factory did it, but dont worry, it has all been regularly serviced and is in excellent running condition with lots of new parts. Its quite clean underneath, showing proper care and maintenance and the rear half of the exhaust system is fairly recent. Heck, you can still see all the markings on the suspension components that shows they were properly torqued! The automatic transmission shifts as it should, and the blemish-free alloy wheels look like period Minilites and wear 205/60/15 blackwall radials.





Today, as when it was new, this 280Z is a lot of performance for the money. A nice combination of restored and solid original components, its the Z you always wanted when you were a kid. Call today!
 
   
 
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