About 1978 Datsun 280z
Many of Datsun's sports cars have a reputation for several things, one of which for having engines that just do not quit. Such is the case with the two-door 1978 Datsun 280Z coupe. Depending on the market, the vehicle goes by the name of Nissan S30 or Nissan Fairlady Z. The 1978 model year was the last run for the 280Z as Datsun/Nissan debuted the 280 beginning in 1979. The 280 Z features a 170-cubic inch, 2.8-liter L28E inline-6 engine that achieves 170 horsepower at 5600 RPM and 163 lbs. per foot of torque at 4400 RPM. This engine, with the Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system, pairs with a 4- or 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission. The car is capable of achieving up to 28 MPG or 34 MPG, depending on the engine. Two special editions: a Special Appearance Package with rear window louvers, red and silver racing stripe, dual racing mirrors, and a Black Pearl edition with pearlescent paint are available for 1978 models. Many of these 280Zs are still on the road today, making them easily accessible through the vast inventory on eBay. A sports car with the style of some of its European counterparts, the 1970 Datsun 280Z is an appealing option for those who want to drive fast.