Commenter RyanM hit the nail on the head when he commented about the M3 powered 240Z from earlier this week: In a world where the answer to the engine-swap question always seems to be “LSx”, this is a refreshing change. It certainly was a refreshing change to see something like that, but as they say on the TV: we now return to our regular programming. Find this 1978 Datsun 280Z with Chevy LSX power here on eBay currently bidding for $15,000 reserve-not-met with less than one day to go.
I’m not going to beat around the bush — there are some real cringe worthy modifications on this car…the wheels for starters…but just hold your judgement till you pop the clutch and take this thing for a spin. You’ll forget the hood vents and blacked out windows each time you mash the loud pedal.
Under the Datsun’s flimsy hood is indeed a glorious sight — the seller gives zero details about the parts used or power expected in this 5.7 liter V8, but anything shy of 400 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque would be a disappointment.
A peak inside confirms the seller hasn’t shoved some fun killing 4160 slushbox behind the LSX V8, but it uses a T-56 speed for proper fun. The steering wheel and gauges would be easy to change if they didn’t meet your needs.
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