1978 DATSUN 280Z


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This is truly one of the nicest 280 Z cars we have seen.


The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z) was the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupe, and later (beginning in the 1974 model year) also 2+2 hatchbacks produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan from 1970 to 1978. It was designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio. HLS30 was the designation of the left-hand drive model and HS30 for the right-hand drive model. 

In a further effort to keep the S30 models sporting in the face of increasingly stringent U.S. emission and safety requirements, Nissan Motors released the Datsun 280Z model for the U.S. market in the 1975 model year. Both the 2 seat coupe and 2/2 (2+2) hatchback models remained available throughout the 1975-78 model year run of the 280Z.


Features Include

2.8 Litre Engine 

5 Speed Borg Warner Transmission

 Factory A/C

 New Factory Radiator

 Much More


We would like to thank our friends at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, located at Dallas Love Field, for the great background in many of our photos. Please stop in and visit them when you are in Dallas.

 For the 280Z, engine size was again increased, this time to 2.8 L, by enlarging the bore of the L26 engine to create the L28, and a reliable Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system was added.

 1975 and 1976 models continued to be fitted with the Federally required 5 mph (8.0 km/h) crash test bumpers that were introduced for the mid-1974 model year of the 260z. These bumpers were smooth surfaced, and blended into smooth black rubber extensions as they met the body of the car. 1977 and 1978 models received bumpers with recessed channels added to the faces of the bumpers themselves, that blended into corrugated or accordion style black rubber extension trim. Also new for the 1977 model year, 280Zs no longer received the full size spare tire, and instead had a "space saver" spare and a larger fuel tank. This resulted in a raised rear deck area made of fiberboard, reducing cargo space. In 1977-78 an optional 5-speed manual transmission was available along side the 4-speed manual, and the 3-speed automatic options, which included a "5-speed" emblem on the left bottom edge of the rear hatch. 1977 also saw an update from the charcoal painted hubcap style (with a chrome Z floating in the amber center emblems) to a hubcap that resembled an alloy wheel, bearing a center cap with a chrome Z floating in a black circle.

 The owner chose to change the wheels to these more eye appealing Sport Max Racing Wheels with 15" B.F Goodrich tires instead of the original 14". He does have a set of 1978 OEM wheel covers for sale sepertely.

 New front brake calipers, pads and complete rear brake rebuild kit have been installed.


In 1977 and 1978 respectively, Datsun offered two special edition models. The "Zap" edition was offered in 1977 as a "Special Decor Package". Zap cars were finished in Sunshine Yellow paint, and sported black stripes down the center and sides, with yellow, red, and orange chevrons at the front ends of the stripes. An estimated 1,000 "Zap Z" cars were offered in 1977. The "Zap Z" model was also used as the pace car in the 1977 Long Beach Gran Prix. The Black Pearl edition (produced in 1978) came with Black Pearlescent paint and a "Special Appearance Package" (SAP), which consisted of dual racing mirrors, rear window louvers, and a unique red and silver stripe. It is estimated that between 750-1,500 of these cars were produced. 

 The S30 series Z car was replaced in 1979 by the S130 Nissan Fairlady 280ZX / Datsun 280ZX.

 Original door panels are in good shape with no defects.

New rear deck carpet.  All original spare tire and equipment as new in 1978.  One repaint with clear coat to original factory silver code color 306.  Never wrecked, frame and body dead straight, all joints for doors hood and hatch perfect fit. 

The interior is all original.  All electronics work.  Even the factory clock.  The stereo am/fm cassette is also original and working.  All original glass as well.  New 4 watt bulbs installed in dash instrumentation.  New shifter kit (tight 5 speed) and leather boot.


The interior is all original. It has it's original AM/FM Cassette player. All electrical components work even the factory clock.

There is one seam on the driver's seet that has been stitched where it was seperated.


New shifter kit (tight 5 speed) and new leather boot.

Original engine and 5 speed Borg Warner transmission with all required maintenance.  Perfect compression and does not burn oil.  Recent work has been done in the last 2000 miles to keep this 280Z performing at a daily driver standard and show quality.  New master cylinder, oil pan and valve cover gaskets have been installed.

All new undercarriage bushings, ball joints, struts and assemblies.  New factory OEM exhaust, new factory radiator, new tight rebuilt R200 differential, new Bosch starter, Starter relays replaced.  New battery and battery tie down box.  New wires and plugs. 

 Thank you for viewing our ad. There is so much to tell about this car, that we may have left a thing or two out, so please feel free to call, and don't hesitate to  bid on this very nice 280Z.