This next car is a Datsun S30 generation Z-car of someone obscure origins. The seller lists it as a 77 Nissan Quest, but that is because Facebash doesn’t have all car listed for all years, so he/she may have picked something close enough. The part where it gets more cloudy is when the seller says it has “minimal rust, no cancerous rust” which is the automotive equivalent to carcinoma instead of melanoma…but its best to avoid both. Finally the seller mentions that you’ll need to live in a state where you can register without a title or apply for a new one…and that the car was listed for sale a year ago. I’m not sure what I’m looking at here, but I love the fender flares. Find this 1977 Datsun 280Z offered for $11,000 in Birmingham, AL via facetrash fenderbook. Tip from Mark.
Under normal circumstances, I’d say that the 2+2 extended roofline ruins the classic looks of Nissan’s classic S30 generation Z-car…but today is no normal day. This gold/brown 280Z has those little back seats and the extended roof shape and doesn’t look bad at all in the photos…but the most shocking part is that asking price compared to the condition. By the time you read this, it is probably already gone. Find this 1976 Datsun 280Z offered for $8000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from JB1025 who calls it Dat-Vette Custom V8 and says; Not everybody’s cup of tea but looks well done could not build for this…but hang on just one minute…we’ve seen this car before. Find this 1978 Datsun 280Z V8 Custom offered for $8,500 in Tukwila (funny…those wheels could use some […]
The Datsun 280Z was the successor to the seminal 240Z car and lives in a middle ground of 260Z/280ZX before the revival Z performance with the 300ZX. As such, the 280Z tends to be treated as somewhat of a middle child – it doesn’t get the praise and admiration of its eldest successful sibling (240Z) […]
By the 1978 model year the US spec Datsun Z had lost some of its original luster and it was looking bloated with big American bumpers and those heinous accordion mounting brackets. Even with a larger engine, the added safety and emission control bloat meant the car was slower and less fun to drive than […]
It is December, which means that my ears are ringing from the sound of those guys in red who ring bells at non-OSHA approved decibel levels for hours on end in front of grocery stores for a few nickles that get tossed into the tri-pod suspended red soup bucket. The payback period on capital spent […]
Production of Datsun’s S30 generation Z-car started with the svelte 240Z in 1969, and continued through 1978 with the slightly porkier Datsun 280Z — however, to Nissan’s credit, the Z car did not drop in performance, because with each iteration (240Z, 260Z, 280Z) a slightly larger engine made up for the increase in safety and […]
1977 was a great year for movies (Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, The Spy Who Loved Me, Smokey and the Bandit, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The Kentucky Fried Movie, Slap Shot, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo) but a terrible year for automobiles, particularly domestic. At least you know it gets better…but what do […]
In 1975 Nissan engineered a few small changes to their S30 generation Z car (now on its first reboot as the 260Z) and released the car as the 280Z. It may have weighed a few more pounds, and was equipped with big 5mph bumpers but it still contained most of the original secret sauce that […]
The Datsun 280Z was the final incarnation of the S30 generation Z-car, but it was a far cry from the original lightweight 240Z. The problem was that ever tightening emissions and safety regulations had sapped some of the original spirit from the 2-seat sports car, but today’s example has been given an injection of fun […]