The Z-car is rocketing up in the classic car ranks, and it's not hard to see why. It combines vintage good looks with Japanese sensibility. So a car like this 1978 Datsun 280Z 2+2 is not only attractive for its affordable price, but also its fuel-injected motor, five-speed manual transmission, and complete packaging that reminds us why we love a good Datsun.
Datsun took their time developing this car. They saw all the elements we love in a sports machine and made it their own. The long .....
hood, flared fenders, and fastback rear deliver a timeless appeal. The 2+2 is the more practical version of the 280Z, but they really knew how to add the extra size within the sleek style. There have been additions along the way, like a respray to make sure the paint retains a nice golden glow. But overall, you can't help but love the true vintage style this one has, right down to the detailed alloy wheels. And when you see the fit of the body panels, you're reminded why Japanese build quality and proper care is one of the most sought-after combos in the new generation of the classic car world.
Another reason why the first-generation Z cars were so good was that Datsun understood how to build a sports car around the driver. You get high-back bucket seats, grippy three-spoke sports steering wheel, a trio of auxiliary dials right at eye-level, and the speedo and tach are set into twin round pods. This was the final year for the first-gen Z-car, and this was also when the style was going more up-market. You can see that in the interior with premium classic features like the Clarion AM/FM stereo, electric rear defogger, and provisions for air conditioning (it will need servicing to blow cold again.) These 2+2s were a handy addition where the rear seats could hold others in a pinch, and they were especially nice to fold down for extra cargo space for long trips.
Under the hood is the 2.8-liter motor. Datsun/Nissan's stout reputation and the inherent smoothness of an inline six motor combine for a great powerplant. And not only does it have factory fuel injection, but the system was also recently flushed. You have complete control over this with the recently-serviced five-speed manual transmission. The fully independent suspension makes sure this Z-car lives up to its sporty good looks. Add in front disc brakes, and you have a genuine classic sports car feel that's also a solid all-around driving classic.
Complete with owner's manual, this is the first-generation Z that has vintage style, good practicality, and stick-shift appeal. So you know it's a terrific deal at this price. Call today!!!