Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tasteful Two Plus Two: 1976 Datsun 280Z 2+2

In 1975 Nissan engineered a few small changes to their S30 generation Z car (now on its first reboot as the 260Z) and released the car as the 280Z.  It may have weighed a few more pounds, and was equipped with big 5mph bumpers but it still contained most of the original secret sauce that made the Z so good.  Find this 1976 Datsun 280Z 2+2 offered for $10,900 in Sarasota, FL via craigslist. Tip from dascpcu.

This isn't just another average 280Z, first it is the 2+2 variant, which added a small set of dwarf sized rear seats and a modified rear fenders/roofline.  On top of that, this one has been de-bumpered and recently painted in a nice shade of blue and shod with an appropriately vintage set of Minilite-style wheels.

The car looks nice on the inside and out, the seller says all lights and gauges work and seems in good order with the exception of a non-functioning AC system.  The original 2.8 liter inline-6 pushed out 170 horsepower and 163 ft-lbs of torque into a 4-speed manual gearbox (the 5-speed option was released in 1977).

 See another classic Z-car for less?


  1. I thought these were considered the worst ones, that's awful strong money. Appears to be pretty good condition if you can get past the roofline (I can't)

    1. I was averse to these but compared to the newer models after this generation, I would still prefer this.

      I could do it, I'd make it mine over time, but wow, that price is wild high though, isn't it?

      then I found this and fell in love -

  2. I just... I can't like these... the proportions are too awkward for my taste. Looks well kept and if you're into the 2+2's, this looks like a good one. But traditionally, these go for less than your typical 240/260/280 in the same condition.

    Like the 240z bumpers, though. This would be a $10k car if it weren't a 2+2. But as a 2+2, it's probably worth 1/2 that.

  3. Yeah, what they said. That roofline and rear quarter window treatment looks to me like the designers were hoping to fuel their inspiration with Kirin and sake since they weren't making any headway sober. Too much Panamera and not enough 911 in that 2+2 roofline solution.

    Also, seller in Sarasota should know better: fix the dang A/C, brother.

  4. Gotta say, as much as I don't like the 2+2's, the lack of diving board bumpers does help the look immensely. Bit optimistic on the pricing, but it's pretty hard to find a clean 280z in general anymore.


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