1977 Datsun 280Z

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6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1977
Mileage 28445
Engine 100
Doors 2
Transmission Manual
Make Datsun
Model 280Z

280Z 1977

Title Status --
Exterior Color Red
Interior Color Black


1977 Datsun 280Z

The legendary Z-car lineup has a history spanning more than 50 years. No fewer than six distinct Z-car models have been introduced and made their way to North America during that time, but when you take into account all of Nissan's sports cars, the brand has over 40 models available. The Nissan Z-car is one of the most legendary and celebrated sports car brands in the world, with a long history of ups and downs-but mostly ups. Previously sold as the Nissan Bluebird, the Z-car would come roaring onto the scene in 1969, in Japan, with the introduction of the Nissan Fairlady Z.

For consignment, a 1977 version of the 280Z. It's looking sharp in red, holding its clean lines, accordion edged chromed crash bumpers, long pony car hood and hatchback styling bringing up the rear. An original drivetrain is under the hood (2.8L I-6), and the interior is looking good...almost as if new.


Rust free steel is put together with nicely minded gaps, and we can note a respray at some time in the past that is still showing well. Overall chrome and trimmings as well as most of the panels are looking terrific, and nice and shiny. Badging is all good and correct from 1977, and glass is clear. The NTSB federally mandated safety bumpers are on, with the front being a flat faced stainless style with black rubber bumperettes, the optional upper bedrail bumper, and accordian style black rubber wrap around sides. Fog lamps hang under this bumper and accentuate the lower roll pan. Moving rearward, reddish orange paint covers the sleek steel of this long nose short deck pony car from across the Pacific with only a few minor scratches being notable. Leading the way are deeply inset headlights under plexiglass bubble covers which flank the slightly bulged hood complete with functional black heat extraction louvers. A black striped 280Z decal runs just above the rockers between the front and rear wheels and up top we note louvers on both the quarter glass and sloping hatch. Inset taillights reside within a satin black rear panel and just below is another crash bumper with more accordion black rubber and another chrome upper bedrail. Grounding all of this are 14" Hayashi Racing wheels wrapped in 235/60R14 blackwall rubber. The original wheels and front valance come with the purchase of the car


Opening the doors, we note some nicely done vinyl door panels in black. This flirts with a center panel in black textured tuck and roll vinyl and smooth black vinyl for the edges. Delineating the tuck and roll from the smooth panels is a thin piece of wood appliqu adding a nice warm highlight to the otherwise black doors. Black high back buckets float in a sea of black carpeting and have a nice black center console racing forward from the rear back carpeted hatchback storage area. Up front, the nice black padded dash uses a deeply embedded circular motif as its central design, which forms the housing for all the gauges including some peppering the very center of the dash on top. The dash continues to flow down to meet the console and holds within the slides for the heat and air conditioning, an AM/FM/Cassette stereo, courtesy lights and air duct outlets. An original steering wheel fronts this dash. In the back we note a fully carpeted storage area complete with luggage straps and aftermarket speakers.


Under the long long hood nested within a gaggle of wiring and hoses is the 2.8 Liter inline 6-cylinder power plant. This mill is fed the proper air and fuel mixture via a modified form of Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection. It's looking in good condition from its exterior appearance with supple hoses and a light coating of patina. There is the optional 5-speed manual transmission on the back, and a 3.54 rear axle. All is the original drivetrain to this vehicle.


Some surface rust on the suspension gives way to the rust free undercoated unibody and flooring, all structurally sound and cosmetically looking original. Independent MacPherson strut suspension is on all 4 corners, and power disc brakes are on the front as power drum brakes adorn the rear. A stock style exhaust system with a new intermediate pipe and muffler is now installed.


This sports car started easily, and it was off to the test track where it had nice acceleration, rail-like handling, and bias free panic stopping. The interior is very comfortable and surprisingly roomy and our only frown to note was the brake pedal being rock hard for a split second when applied then giving way and providing normal stopping resistance.

Presenting as a rust free, turnkey car, this highly original example shows with the original drivetrain and luxurious, (for a sports car), interior. A Japanese pony car which gave all others here in the USA a run for their money, now classic and becoming collectable, right here in our Hallowed Halls


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