1976 Datsun Z-Series 280Z

Datsun Z-Series 1976 technical specifications

Condition: Used
Item location: United States
Make: Datsun
Model: Z-Series
SubModel: 280Z
Type: Coupe
Doors: 2
Year: 1976
Mileage: 81,809
Color: Blue
Engine size: 2.8 I6
Power options: Air conditioning, Cruise control
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
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This beautiful blue 1976 Datsun 280Z represents the best of the Z-cars that totally transformed the automotive landscape in the 1970s. As the latest models prove, he Z will always have a place in our garages and in our hearts, nd this early 280Z is a fantastic way to enjoy the ride.Looking at the shape, t's clear that there's a little bit of E-Type Jag in there, aybe a hint of Corvette, nd plenty of MG, oo. Fast, ight, gile, nd affordable, ven today, his Z is a delight. It has also been properly maintained for its entire life, ith a well-done repaint and well-preserved trim that gives the 40-year-old sports car a brand new look. Cars like this were often put away as sunny-day drivers, nd as a result, his 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 1976, ut there are still a few bright pieces, ncluding both bumpers and the stainless around the windows, ll of which remains in very good shape. Even things like the rubber bumper overriders are supple and undamaged by UV rays, uggesting that this car has led a very sheltered existence. There are no stripes or other add-ons, etting the clean, leek Z-car shape speak for itself, nd that's what enthusiasts seem to appreciate.One of the Z-car's biggest successes is the interior, hich is both sporting and functional. The black bucket seats were designed by guys who knew the car would be used to its potential, o they have thicker bolsters than most, nd the pleated upholstery looks quite racy. Of course, ll of this remains in great condition, howing only very minor signs of use since the restoration. The dash is full of easy-to-read instruments, ach housed in its own pod, ncluding a row of auxiliary gauges in the center, look that is still evident today in the latest Nissan GT-R. These cars were top-of-the-line machines by 1978, nd this one comes with working factory A/C, 4-speed manual, nd an AM/FM/cassette stereo. That lovely wood-rimmed steering wheel warms up the otherwise monochromatic interior and keeps a vintage sports car vibe. There's a good-sized trunk area under the rear hatch, nd the carpets show almost no wear or fading, uggesting they've been replaced not too long ago.The L28E 2.8 liter inline-six is a fantastic motor. Torquey, et eager to rev, t was enlarged to better suit American driving tastes and keep the Z competitive with the likes of the Chevy Corvette. Rebuilt a few years ago by the original owner, t still has that same baritone wail that epitomizes big-horsepower inline-sixes, nd because it's a Nissan, t's also reliable and smooth. The engine bay is as clean as the rest of the car, nd that tangle of hoses is how the factory did it, ut don't worry, t's all rebuilt and ready to go and maintenance is surprisingly easy. It's very clean underneath, howing proper care and maintenance and the rear half of the exhaust system is fairly recent. The 4-speed manual transmission shifts as it should, he suspension is supple yet athletic, nd the brakes are surprisingly powerful thanks to its light weight. The only non-stock parts are those handsome 5-spoke alloy wheels, hich carry 195/70/14 blackwall radials.Today, s when it was new, his 280Z is a whole lot of performance for the money. A nice combination of restored and solid original components, t's the Z you always wanted when you were a kid. Call today!

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