BaT Auction: 1977 Datsun 280Z
This 1977 Datsun 280Z was acquired by the seller from its original owner in 2016 out of Orange County, California, and the odometer now shows 87k miles. A refresh was subsequently performed, including a repaint by PJ Bonifacio in non-metallic brown along with the installation of a coilover suspension system, polyurethane bushings, Watanabe-style wheels, new tires, slim 240Z bumpers, an aftermarket exhaust, new upholstery, and more. A factory 2.8-liter inline-six sends power to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission, and 2018 work included a new water pump and fluid flushes. This Datsun is now being offered with records dating back to 1980 and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
The front side markers were deleted during the repaint for a cleaner look, and front and rear spoilers have also been added. The paint color is claimed to be similar to the original brown metallic, but is a flat hue. Pictures of the car before the repaint are provided at the end of the photo gallery below. Note that the seller currently has the car registered in California as ‘planned non-operation’ and stored in a garage.
This 280Z now sits lower than stock on coilover suspension. The 15″ Watanabe-style wheels are mounted with a set of 225/50 Kumho Ecsta AST tires. Each corner is also detailed up close in the gallery. Note the 6-digit California blue plate out back.
The refresh also included new seat upholstery, installing a Nardi Torino 3-spoke steering wheel, and fitting a black dashboard cap.
Per the seller, the rest of the cabin has been kept stock, though the original radio is not wired up. The mechanical odometer currently shows 87,412 miles, which is reportedly confirmed as accurate by records since 1980. Approximately 800 miles have been added by the seller over the past two and a half years.
The naturally-aspirated 2.8-liter straight-six and 4-speed manual gearbox have been kept stock to the seller’s knowledge. A new water pump was installed and fluid flushes were performed in January 2018, while earlier work during the seller’s ownership included a new air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, distributor cap, and rotor, as well as flushes of the brake/transmission/differential fluids. This car passed a California emissions test in 2016, however a non catalytic converter exhaust system has since been fitted. The seller states that California buyers will be provided with a smog certificate if sold within the state.
An engine start-up and interior detail video can be viewed above.
Additional undercarriage photos are displayed in the gallery below.
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