Lot 232 - 1981 Datsun 280ZX

Lot 232 - 1981 Datsun 280ZX

Lot 232 - 1981 Datsun 280ZX

Lot Number 232
Registration OFG 953W
Chassis Number HGS130123894
Engine Number L28-391469
Odometer reading 50,100 miles
Estimate £15,000 - £20,000

The Nissan S130 is a sports coupé produced by Nissan in Japan from 1978 until 1983. It was sold as the Datsun 280ZX, Nissan Fairlady Z and Nissan Fairlady 280Z, depending on the market. It was the second-generation Z-car, replacing the Nissan S30 in late 1978. The 280ZX was the first time the ‘by Nissan’ subscript was badged alongside the Datsun logo, along with Nissan trucks. The 280ZX was Motor Trend's import car of the year for 1979. The 280ZX's body was redesigned with aerodynamics in mind, by closing in the open grille of the first-generation Z-car and through other improvements taken from wind-tunnel testing. The new design had a lower centre-of-gravity and nearly 50/50 weight distribution in both the two-seater and 2+2 designs, overall, the new body design gave better fuel economy and high-speed stability, one of the known issues from the first-generation Z-car.

This example presented in Nightfire Red with tan interior trim is in stunning order throughout. The current owner knows the history or the car from as far back to 1985. Whilst running a local garage, he regularly serviced this car for the lady owner; upon her passing he enquired as to its availability but to no avail. The car then sat in storage for nearly a decade when, in 2014, he was offered to purchase the car.  Requiring some light commissioning, a service and a good clean, he took the bold decision to re- paint the car in Nightfire Red, having never been a fan of the original black. The change of colour has been the only real change since 1981 with all original wings, panels, and doors, much to the credit of the previous owner’s decision to Waxoil the car early in its life. With fabulous new coachwork, you are beckoned inside by a truly time warp tan interior trim in incredible original condition befitting a car half its age. With just four previous keepers, it is offered with a new MoT test certificate, original toolkit and three keys. Probably the best example we have had the pleasure to find, viewing is highly recommended.

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