1978 Datsun 280Z

The Nissan/Datsun 280 ZX was produced from 1979 through 1983 as a three-door hatchback sport coupe. In the American market, the 280ZX was sold as a Datsun and in other markets it was badged as a Nissan.

It was built as a replacement for the 280Z, a complete redesign keeping only the L28 engine and a few other mechanical components. It sat atop of the Nissan 510's platform and suspension comprised of McPherson struts in the front and an independent rear trailing arm. To improve performance, a turbocharger was offered as optional equipment beginning in 1981. The L28ET engine and turbocharger increased horsepower to an impressive 180. The gearbox was a 3-speed automatic unit. Adding to the performance, a Borg-Warner T-5 5-speed manual gearbox became available in 1982 and 1983.

After production of the 280 ZX, Nissan/Datsun began offering the 300ZX as its replacement.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2006

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Introduced in 1975 as the successor of the 260Z, the Datsun 280Z was the final version of the 1st generation Z sports car. At the end of the 1978 model year, the 1st generation Z was discontinued and replaced by the 1979 280ZX. Unique to North America, the 280Z nameplate was sold as the Fairlady Z in Japan. Powered by the 170 HP OHC Inline 6 L28 engine, the L28 was an electronically fuel....
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1978 Vehicle Profiles

1978 Datsun 280Z vehicle information

Hatchback Coupe

1978 was the last year of the first generation Datsun 'Z' cars. The original owner purchased it new in 1978 with a sticker price of $8,837. The car has 45,425 original miles. It is an unrestored car that has been painted in its original color with....[continue reading]

1978 Datsun 280Z vehicle information

Hatchback Coupe

Nissan introduced the Fiarlady Z two-seat sportster in Japan in 1969, back when its United States-market cars were badged as Datsuns. They began shipping them to North America as 240 Z's the following year. Its Ferrari-esque shape was created by Niss....[continue reading]

1978 Datsun 280Z vehicle information

Hatchback Coupe

Chassis Num: HLS30452438

This Datsun 280Z is in original condition and powered by a 2.8-liter fuel injected engine. It has a sunroof, original shift knob, new Goodyear tires, and 16,000 miles on its odometer. There is a black interior, stock AM/FM cassette, stock door lock k....[continue reading]

Hatchback Coupe
 
Hatchback Coupe
 
Hatchback Coupe
Chassis #: HLS30452438 


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1978 280Z
$9,300-$109,800
1978 Datsun 280Z Price Range: $7,970 - $9,300

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Datsun
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
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)231,191

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