Available for auction is this 1978 Datsun 280Z 4-speed Resto-mod. Powered by an overhauled driveline, this restored 280Z has seen a host of upgrades most notably CX Racing coilovers, ceramic coated headers, aluminum radiator with electric cooling fans, a custom repaint, 15″ Work wheels and much more. This clean 280Z, showing 78K-miles (TMU) on the odometer, is being offered for sale with a clean title by its seller out of Carlsbad, California.
This 280Z, reportedly following rust repairs and other bodywork 4-years ago, is finished in Nissan Orange with an added pearl effect, detailed photos can be seen in the image gallery. Significant cosmetic modifications during at this time included an aftermarket polyurethane front valance, rear spoiler and louvers, hood vents, Fairlady Z fender mirrors and rear bumper delete. Flaws are limited to some rock chips and stress cracks as can be viewed in the image gallery. Work Equip 03 wheels are wrapped in Toyo R888 tires with a reported 2000 miles of use, according to the seller.
Inside, the interior features reupholstered black seats with leather inserts. Some notable items have been replaced including the center console, carpets, dash cap, shift boot, shift knob, while a Momo steering wheel was added. All gauges are said to work and have been tested for accuracy- the tachometer was replaced with a factory NOS unit. A period-correct AM/FM radio remains mounted in the center stack, while a Kenwood amplifier powers two Polk 6x9 speakers. Originally an A/C car, the heating and air conditioning systems are said to have been removed though the heater core and plumbing is still intact making it easy to reinstall these features if the buyer wishes.
The 2.8 L straight-six produced 138 HP and 144 lb-ft of torque when new. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual gearbox. This 280Z benefits from a significant engine overhaul including new pistons, rings, and rebuilt fuel injectors. Additionally, a new clutch, aluminum radiator, water-pump, alternator, Petronics rev-limiter, and Bosch ignition coil have been installed. The exhaust system consists of ceramic-coated headers feeding a Magnaflow muffler while a new Magnaflow catalytic converter has replaced the factory unit, according to the seller. A fresh and full valve job and oil pressure test were performed by Aero Auto of San Diego within the last 1500 miles. The seller reports that the engine runs well, does not smoke and benefits from a recent oil change. A video demonstrating a cold start, hot start and test drive can be seen in the gallery.
Included in this sale will are some supporting documentation for the works completed and a clean title. This well cared 280Z is the ideal classic for the enthusiast who wishes to break out of the pack.