- Mileage: 1,002 miles
- Color: Black
- Transmission: Manual
- Located in: St. Louis, MO
- ZCarGuide Condition Assessment: Good
If you’re a Japanese vehicle collector and you like your Z cars leaner and meaner, you should come by MotoeXotica Classic Cars to check out this 1977 Datsun 280Z that is rocking three 40 DCOE side draft Weber carburetors! This car spent most of its life in dry New Mexico, was restored by its previous owner who always kept it in a garage.
Dressed in black, the car’s paint and trim are in overall very good order with only minor imperfections. The car’s windows are in very good order, clear and crack-free, including the rear window with its electric defroster. The car’s lights are intact and haze-free, including the scalloped-out headlights.
The car’s bodywork is straight and solid, the car’s bumpers fit well to the body, the engine bay is extremely tidy, the battery looks good and the cargo area is in great shape. This Z car rolls on Goodyear Eagle GS radials, size P195/60R15 in front and P215/60R15 in back. Each tire surrounds a DP five-spoke black aluminum wheel. The wheels and tires are in great condition.
Resting under that forward-hinged hood is the original L28E 2.8L straight six-cylinder engine. This motor has cam and other performance modifications, including a triple 40 DCOE Weber carburetor setup and Mallory ignition. The L28E is the engine that was produced from 1975 to 1984 equipped with dish-top pistons from 1975 to 1978. The E stands for electronic multiport fuel injection, provided by Bosch using the L-Jetronic system, and is one of the first Japanese produced vehicles to introduce the technology. Mated to this engine is a four-speed manual transmission. Driver convenience features include power four-wheel disc brakes and air conditioning. However, there is no air-conditioning compressor.
Inside, the car’s Recaro black seats are in great condition while the matching carpet and headliner are in satisfactory condition. The car’s three-spoke steering wheel, inner door panels, instrument panel with full array of gauges, center console and shift lever are all in great shape. Completing the interior is a Kenwood AM/FM stereo with a CD player and four speakers, one each in the doors and one each behind the seats.
Nineteen seventy-seven Datsun models received bumpers with recessed channels added to the faces of the bumpers themselves, that blended into corrugated or accordion style black rubber extension trim. Also new for the 1977 model year, 280Zs no longer received the full size spare tire, and instead had a “space saver” spare and a larger fuel tank.
Nineteen seventy-seven also saw an update from the charcoal painted hubcap style (with a chrome Z floating in the amber center emblems) to a hubcap that resembled an alloy wheel, bearing a center cap with a chrome Z floating in a black circle.
Competition to this Datsun in 1977 included the Avanti II and Chevrolet’s Corvette.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 1,002 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!