1979 Datsun 280ZXT
he 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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