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DATSUN
280Z

1975 - 1978
Japan

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History of the DATSUN 280Z

Nissan released the Datsun 280Z model for the North American market in the 1975 model year. In a further effort to keep the S30 models sporting in the face of increasingly stringent U.S. emission and safety requirements, engine size was again increased, this time to 2.8 L. The L26 engine was bored out .2 L to create the L28, and a Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system was added. Canadian versions were uniquely equipped without the anti-smog components mandatory in the States.
The 1975 and 1976 models continued to be fitted with the U.S. federally-required 5 mph (8.0 km/h) impact absorbing bumpers that were introduced for the mid-1974 model year of the 260Z. These bumpers were smooth surfaced, and blended into smooth black rubber extensions as they met the body of the car. The 1977 and 1978 models received bumpers with recessed channels added 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. This resulted in a raised rear deck area made of fiberboard, reducing cargo space. In late 1976 and for most 1977–78 models, an optional five-speed manual transmission was available alongside the four-speed manual and the three-speed automatic options. It included a "5-speed" emblem on the left bottom edge of the rear hatch. For 1977 there was also 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.
In 1977 and 1978 respectively, Datsun offered two special edition models. The "Zap" edition was offered in 1977 as a "special decor package". Zap cars were finished in "sunshine yellow" paint, and sported black stripes down the center and sides, with yellow, red, and orange chevrons at the front ends of the stripes. An estimated 1,000 "Zap Z" cars were offered in 1977. The "Zap Z" model was also used as the pace car in the 1977 Long Beach Gran Prix. The Black Pearl edition (produced in 1978) came with black pearlescent paint and a "special appearance package" (SAP), which consisted of dual racing mirrors, rear window louvers, and unique red and silver striping. It has been estimated that each United States dealer was allocated one Black Pearl edition to sell, though due to high demand some dealers reportedly received additional allocation. It is estimated 750 to 1,500 of these cars were ultimately produced, however the exact number remains unknown.
Both the two-seat and 2+2 coupe 280Z remained available throughout the 1975–1978 model year run. The S30 series was replaced in 1979 by the Nissan S130.

Upgrades & Evolutions during the DATSUN 280Z production

🔸 DATSUN - 280Z : 1975 - 1978

🔸 DATSUN - 280ZX : 1978 - 1983

🔹 Produced for each model year :

🔹 1975 DATSUN - 280Z

🔹 1976 DATSUN - 280Z

🔹 1977 DATSUN - 280Z

🔹 1978 DATSUN - 280Z

What are the DATSUN 280Z paint codes?

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What are the production figures of the DATSUN 280Z year by year?

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What is the average quotation of the DATSUN 280Z year by year?

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DATSUN 280Z quotations from DEC 2020 to AUG 2022

📉 Cheapest quotation : US$2,000
Average quotation : US$29,859
📈 Most expensive quotation : US$81,150

The DATSUN 280Z has been produced in several configurations

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