1979 Datsun 280ZX

The Datsun 280Z was introduced to the North American market in 1975 with a 2.8-liter engine fitted with a Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system. The 280ZX followed in 1978 and would remain in production through 1983. It retained the L28 inline six-cylinder engine and other driveline components from the 280Z, but with a complete exterior redesign. In comparison to the car it replaced, the 280ZX was more luxurious and less sporty. It had a softer suspension, more comfortable seats, better sound insulation, better sound insulation, and a high-end audio system. The redesign brought improved aerodynamics over the first generation Z-cars with better integrated safety bumpers. Both two- and four-seat (2+2) bodystyles were offered.

The steering was initially an unassisted rack-and-pinion setup or a Datsun 810-derived recirculating ball with power assistance. The 1981 turbo received a new power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system, becoming available on the naturally aspirated models the following year. The suspension was by MacPherson struts in the front with semi-trailing arm independents setup in the rear.

The 1979 Datsun 280ZX was powered by an overhead-cam six-cylinder, Model L28, 168 cubic-inch engine with aluminum heads, solid valve lifters, seven main bearings, and a Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system. It offered 135 horsepower and 144 lbs-ft of torque. There was a five-speed overdrive manual gearbox with a 3.55:1 final drive ratio, and four-wheel disc brakes.

Standard equipment included air conditioning, remote hatch release, power mirrors, and an AM/M stereo radio. The Grand Luxury option package, which was standard on the 2+2 bodystyle, came with a central warning system.

The 2-door hatchback coupe sold for $9,900 and the 2+2 had a base price of $11,600. The 280ZX was Motor Trends Import Car of the Year for 1979.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2020

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1979 Vehicle Profiles

1979 Datsun 280ZX vehicle information

Hatchback Coupe

This 1979 Datsun 280ZX Coupe was purchased in 1979 at Busan Datsun by the owner and her husband. It was driven for five years before being parked. The restoration required four years and was just completed in 2007. It has 33,000 original miles.....[continue reading]

1979 Datsun 280ZX vehicle information

Coupe

This 1979 Datsun 280 ZX 2-Door Coupe has traveled a mere 5,553 miles since new. It is painted in Polar White with red vinyl bucket seats and console. It is powered by a fuel-injected six-cylinder engine with overhead cams, and a three-speed automat....[continue reading]

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1979 280ZX
$11,595-$109,806
1979 Datsun 280ZX Price Range: $9,895 - $11,595

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Datsun
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)521,902
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)470,246
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)464,806
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)516,890
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)472,252
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)339,364
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)488,217
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)270,103
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)259,842
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)185,155

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