1979 Datsun 280ZX
1979 Datsun 280ZX
- Blue over Blue
- 2 Door Coupe
- 2.8L Inline 6 Fuel Injected
- 5 Speed Manual
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“People these days are remembering all that was good about them when new. ... the 280ZX was the last car to incorporate so much of the early Z car design language, making it the final entry.” - ClassicCars.com
The Datsun “Z cars” attracted legions of fans. As ClassicCars put it: “When Datsun introduced the 240Z car in 1969, it created one of the most disruptive products that the sports car market had ever seen. The car offered the performance of such cars as the Jaguar E-Type, the styling reminiscent of the Ferrari 275 GTB, and reliability that was better than either.”
Calling it “the world's best-selling sports car,” MotorSport magazine chronicled the model development over the late Seventies and early Eighties: “... as emission restrictions tightened, so Nissan-Datsun was forced to enlarge the engine... to 2.6-litres as the 260Z, then, for the US only, to 2.8-litres as the 280Z. The next stage, in I 978, was to re-shell the nine-year-old theme, to meet current demands of creature comforts and legislation. The result was the 280ZX.”
Offered here in light-blue metallic over a blue interior, is a driver-quality 1979 280ZX. Showing 80,906 documented miles on the odometer, fewer than 2,000 miles per-year on average, the car has plenty of additional miles to go.
The exterior metallic blue paint shows fading on up-facing surfaces, notably the hood, roof, and rear deck. There are surface imperfections, most noticeable on the right-rear fender where some fluid spill deteriorated the finish. The passenger door also shows a small bubble on the finish. A tape accent stripe on the car is broken in places. There is impact damage to the right-rear of the car. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) Panel gaps are excellent (a tribute to Japanese manufacturing processes at the time), and panel alignment is likewise proper. Window glass—including the large rear hatch glass—and lighting lenses—including the large rear taillight panels—are free of cracks and imperfections. Factory badging—the circular “Z” hood emblem, and the “Datsun 280ZX ” emblems on the front fenders and rear deck—are in place. Factory original, 4-spoke 14-inch alloy wheels (with “Z” center caps) are mounted with Michelin® 195/70 tires.
Inside, the striking blue interior is a vintage Eighties look. Blue velour front bucket-seat upholstery, and rear, deep-set, 2-position bench seat is free of rips or tears, and in very good condition overall. The same holds true for the matching blue carpeting extending through the full cabin and cargo area. Door panels, the car's dashboard, and its Z-branded steering wheel all display an excellent look and feel. The full complement of gauges, characteristic of the Z-cars, is in place and functional. The car's Datsun-branded AM-FM stereo push-button factory radio and HVAC controls remain in place. A 5-speed-manual-transmission shifter is mounted on the console, forward of a useful storage compartment.
Under the forward-hinged, vented hood, the 2.7 liter inline 6-cylinder overhead-cam Nissan-branded engine is complete, with all components and extensive “plumbing” properly located. (The throaty engine note can be sampled by way of the link to the startup-and-walk-around video available on the GarageKeptMotors site.) The engine bay has not been detailed. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is complete and undamaged with generalized surface rust on untreated metal, but no indication of body-panel rust.
The car's original factory-mounted data and identification tags are still in place.
While the more than 150 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '79 Datsun 280ZX in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
MotorSport magazine summarized: “...the high-geared ZX is a very smooth and long-legged cruising car, very relaxed whether at 50 or 100 mph and much quieter and more refined than the old Z. High-speed stability is first class. This is one sports car perfectly suited to long distance motorway travel.”
We think this example is also a bit of a time-traveler... a very satisfying trip back to the Eighties, perhaps by way of a Radwood gathering.