We are pleased to offer this custom 1976 Datsun 280Z Ferrari 250 GTO tribute. Styled after what is considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made, this 250 GTO tribute is reported to have been purchased by its previous owner as a professionally built turn-key example in Texas during the early 1990s. It has since made its way to the East Coast where it was purchased by its current owner in New Jersey about three years ago. Retaining its Datsun inline-6 engine and 4-speed manual gearbox, this 280Z has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years and is now being offered for auction with approximately 77k miles showing on the odometer.
During the initial transformation, this 280Z was outfitted with a new fiberglass front bumper, hood, and fenders, as well as custom fiberglass panels bonded over the original Datsun bodywork from the doors-back. The entire car is said to have been refinished in Red shortly before the current owner’s purchase, and the paint is described to be in very nice condition overall with some patina and imperfections that add to the car’s vintage theme (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery). Multi-adjustable European-style mirrors are installed, and this Datsun has received new chrome exterior trim in recent years along with a custom front grille, and new tires for the 15” Dayton knock-off wire wheels.
The cabin has been completely redone with black and tan Ferrari-style leather upholstery. A vintage Nardi steering wheel has been installed and the seller recently carried out extensive refurbishment including the installation of all-new carpeting, a new Datsun dashboard cover, new seat bottom cushions, custom gauges, and an upgraded aftermarket air-conditioning and heating system. The gas gauge is said to be slightly inaccurate, and all other gauges and accessories are said to be working properly.
This 280Z retains its original fuel-injected 2.8 L inline-6 engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. An ANSA-style exhaust system has been equipped and the seller refurbished the entire engine compartment before creating a custom Ferrari-logo valve cover for a more authentic appearance. The fuel injection system has also been hidden by a removable custom cover made to look like a set of carburetors. Mechanical work carried out within the last 5k miles includes a fully overhauled suspension and braking system, a refurbished gas tank, exhaust repair, and the installation of a high-performance aluminum radiator with electric fans. Records are said to be included from the current ownership and this 250 GTO tribute is reported to be in strong running order.
The sale will be accompanied by a clean title. Based on the platform of a true driver’s car with the styling of one of Ferrari’s most legendary vehicles, this 250 GTO tribute offers a very unique opportunity.