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Updated on Apr 23, 2013
Beautiful 1978 Datsun 280z (Nissan) SOLD! Here is a fine example of a 1978 280z 2+2 - the rarest of all the 280z models, and the most coveted 2+2 Z-car ever made. This particular car is currently the #8 ranked 280z on CarDomain. When you read the details and see the pictures, you’ll see why. Go here for a complete description and pictures: The engine purrs like a kitten. The original 2.8 liter, Bosch Jetronic SOHC inline 6-cylinder engine and 4-speed manual-shift allows this car to move in and out of Atlanta highway traffic with ease and agility. This car goes fast. She’s got new fuel filters, newer power brakes, new fuel injectors – the fuel injectors were replaced just last year by Eddie Radatz, a well-known local Z specialist. He also repaired and replaced a few other items (air flow meter, interior gauge lights, etc.), and gave her a great tune up costing me well over $1500. I have the receipt and records for you as well as the original manual.
I recently installed a new chrome cold air intake from The Z Store (but I still have the original air filter set up if you wish to return the car to its absolute original condition). She could use a new muffler and perhaps a little love to the headers, however the overall performance of this ride remains virtually unaffected. I’ll leave it up to you to determine if you want to install a performance muffler or stock. Also, a replacement set of headers come with the purchase of this car, they are not installed and I don’t believe they are immediately necessary. I’ve also installed a new chrome Crane PS-40 High Performance Coil which has added some noticeable horsepower. She’s got new chrome aftermarket wheels. When they are shined up, this car gets a lot of attention. I often feel like I'm in my own personal parade when I drive her on the city streets of Atlanta.
Newer Dayton Daytona tires allow this car to turn on a dime. I have some new wheel studs that come with the car. They’re not essential to the handling as I’ve owned this car since 2007, and I’ve never replaced them or had an issue. I’ve put a little more than 2200 miles on her in the three years I’ve had her. I only take her out on the weekends and have kept her garaged. She never comes out in the rain. The car has 116,000 miles on the odometer. I believe this to be an accurate reading. I’ve changed the oil and filter four times since I’ve had her.
The color is a gorgeous 510 blue - a shimmering metallic tone that gives her a luminous sparkle. There are some small bubbles in the paint, but overall the paint is in fine condition. Some minor blemishes are noticeable upon concentrated inspection; she’s a 31 year old car after all! You can’t see it in the pictures, but there is a notch in the front of the hood on the passenger’s side, one small nick on the driver’s side door near the handle, and a small nick on the hood – these three particular items are the only noteworthy drawbacks to the paint job. I’ve toyed with getting a custom chrome hood ornament to hide the notch on the hood to enhance the chrome appeal of the vehicle.
Speaking of chrome, the bumpers shine up nice too. The freshly powder-coated black louvers add a detail that modern sports cars sorely miss. The body is straight and true and the pictures show accurately the current condition of the car. The original stock radio was traded out for a brand new CD player/Sirius stereo with remote control. I’ve never purchased a Sirius subscription, but she still receives all channels of the Sirius broadcast. I believe the previous owner bought a lifetime subscription as I’ve had the car for almost three years and I’ve never renewed it. It’s been a pleasure enjoying the Sirius broadcast – nothing like rockin’ out to Little Steven’s Underground Garage while driving the urban interstates of Atlanta.
The CD player plays CDs and MP3 discs. I’ll give you my Led Zeppelin Box Set MP3 disc so you will have the same enjoyment I’ve had. No sports car jaunt is complete without the dulcet sounds of The Zep. The stereo adds a lot to the enjoyment of this car. I’ve got two auxiliary speaker boxes that come with the sale of this vehicle giving the car 4 speaker surround sound with the original stock speakers. With a 2+2, there’s plenty of extra room to add a woofer, or other stereo equipment. The antenna does not work, but who needs local Atlanta radio with a free Sirius subscription?!?!
Other: I traded out the armrest for a new Console Arm Rest with a dual cup holder (not pictured). This highly functional piece not only gives you a soft, padded armrest, but forms a storage box under the side opening lid, and includes two handy cup holders to store drinks! Best of all, this unit tightly wedges without screws, so removal for cleaning is simple. Air conditioning is not super cold, but 2+2’s come with quarter-windows that open as opposed to the coupes’ fixed quarter windows, allowing a steady stream of air coming through the cockpit. She’s got a new dash cap that fits over the original. It looks sharp when it’s shined up. All gauges work brilliantly… even the original tick tock clock! I’ve installed a locking gas cap. The dark blue carpet is in decent condition with one small tear on the driver’s side, but installation of new carpet kit from the Z Store will get you a near perfect interior. As you can see from the pictures, I use clear plastic mats to protect the original carpet and new 280z floor mats. Original seats are in decent condition for the age. I recently had her professionally cleaned, waxed and detailed.
New maple wood and chrome door lock accessories match the chrome wheels. The Datsun license plate frame, vanity Z plate for the front bumper, a new Datsun shift knob, and a vintage Datsun keychain have you outfitted for the next GA Z Club meeting, or Sunday outing.
The reason for the sale is I wish to get into autocross and require a 280z racecar set up. This one is just too nice an original to install racing equipment, and too cherry to bring on the track. Plus I don’t have room to store two Zs in my garage (and my wife would kill me if I had two such toys on the property).
I’ve priced this car to sell quickly. You get a remarkable Z that will turn heads wherever you take her, however the experience of being behind the wheel of this engaging Z is priceless. I’ll provide a bill of sale and all of the documents I have on her. Cash only please. I’ve included every mentionable imperfection to this car to give an accurate representation.
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beautiful 2 2 hope mine looks as good as yours in time. 5*
Very nice 4 seater!! I don't see many that look as great as yours
That's one of the cleanest 2+2's I have seen in a long while. Really nice.
Very Clean 2+2 !!!!!
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