Asking Price: $25,000 | Location: Orlando, Florida
Key Z Features
- Model Year: 1978
- Odometer: 135,000
- Engine: 6 cylinder
- Transmission: Manual
- Type: Private Owner
- Name: Ben
- Phone: Not Listed
- Email: Not Listed
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This is the one I started with the absolute best southern no snow state 280z I could find. After looking at a dozen over the course of 6 months, I found this from garaged Florida owner who owned for over 37 years same owner stored in same garage in Florida. No snow, no salt Fl car that spent more time indoors than outside in the heat/sun and it shows.
It gets even better–they purchased a 2nd car about 35 years ago so this car literally became a garage piece–only driven to car meets and shows and only a couple thousand miles put on it over past few decades. Hence the low 135k miles (driven a little over 3k miles per year).
Even w the low miles, the prev owner did a full master engine kit to the motor 20k miles ago- all new gaskets, seals, hoses, cast piston Set with rings and wrist pins. Rod Bearing Set, Main Bearing Set, complete Engine Overhaul Gasket Set, Oil Pump, Freeze Plug Set, and complete Timing Kit and new clutch kit as well.
Runs literally better than it looks. Instant throttle response is amazing, pulls hard in all gears. Surprising amount of torque.
I have owned for 3 years. Under my ownership, I only put 80 more miles on it to transport to my shop and it also spent past 2 yrs indoors being reworked and this is what $15k and 200 labor hours looks like.
No rust. Other ‘sub $20k Z’s’ that say ‘no rust’ only really means ‘no rust that I can see’. We pulled panels off, pulled seals, gaskets, checked behind metal, underside everywhere and then went down to bare metal to primer and repaint.
Even on this 4 decade Fl garage car there was rust hiding that we took care of and then engine bay, underside of hood, and all 4 wells was sprayed w a coat of POR15 rust prevention for future durability. Even gas tank was inspected and replaced w new rust free tank. The exterior is inspired by 240z and a $225k jdm Bingo Sport Z432 that I fell in love with. So I chose to paint same factory color as the Z432 – Safari Gold #920. The goal was early Fairlady Z looks with more ‘modern’ 280z fuel injected drivability and cold ac (not a typo- it has ICE COLD AC).
So you can collect that $60k 240z and leave it in the museum and buy this mid $20k 280z that is rock solid reliable cold ac and can be daily driven out in the wild if desired. email for more details- the list of things that took to make this car appear it came out of a Datsun dealership in 2019 is long. From hand stapling new replacement window squeegee trim to rear sidemarker delete a la z432 style to custom fabricating z432 style crosshatch front grill to 24 labor hours in just the wetsanding/buff.
Old school vintage looks, freshly rebuilt motor w rock solid reliability AND ice cold ac. I would not hesitate to drive this Z cross country.
First $25k cash only gets it. I don’t accept checks.