Wed, 31st Oct 2012 13:00

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 8

1981 Datsun 280ZX

Sold for £3,150

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: FAE821W
Chassis No: HS130-950025
Mot Expiry: June 2013

The Datsun 280ZX (sold as the Nissan Fairlady Z in its native Japan) was unveiled in 1978 and built on the impressive reputation forged by its forbears - the 240, 260 and 280Z. The only items in common with the 280Z it replaced, however, were the 2.8-litre straight-six engine and its related driveline components. In common with its predecessor the newcomer was offered in two-seater and 2+2 configurations. Mechanical changes included the replacement of the rear Chapman struts with BMW-style semi-trailing arms and the rear brake drums with discs. There was now the option of manual rack and pinion or power-assisted recirculating ball steering. Production of the 280ZX continued into 1983, when the model was supplanted by the Nissan 300ZX.

The right-hand drive two-seater 280ZX now offered was manufactured in 1981 and sports Black bodywork allied to Beige/Tan upholstery. The bodywork was apparently thoroughly restored during the mid-1980s, since when the Datsun has seen very little use. As a result, the vendor considers it to be in "near show condition" and to "drive almost like a new car", with "excellent" bodywork, paintwork and straight-six engine, and "very good" interior trim and five-speed manual gearbox. This smart Z car is MOT'd until June 2013. An apparently fine example of a rare model.

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