1979 Datsun 280ZX
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Feast your eyes on a very rare, two-owner Datsun 280ZX with ~16,444 original miles! The 280ZX was Motor Trend's import car of the year for 1979. Nearly everything on this car is original - right down to the tires! I bought this beauty in the summer of 2012 - shortly after my dad passed away. My dad was a classic car enthusiast and in addition to storing his own vehicles in his warehouse, he would occasionally store for friends. Ken, a family friend, bought this 280 ZX new at Jerry Harmon Motors in Williston, ND. He mainly drove it during the warm months and stored it away in the winter. He put about 12,000 miles on it, put it away one winter and never looked back. My dad kept it in a temperature controlled facility, covered and always ran it on a regular basis.
I admired it growing up and when I heard Ken might want to sell it that summer, I jumped at the chance to snag it before one of my brothers got to it. :) Before I bought it, I made sure it checked out mechanically. I had it tuned up, replaced the battery and the fuel filter. Once I had the ok, I decided to drive it from Williston, ND to Nashville where I currently live. It was an epic trip filled with a few fuel filter changes, but we finally made it home.
While the car was nearly mechanically perfect, I had a few cosmetic issues to take care of. For starters, the car had some pretty cool, dealer added wide 70s stripes on the sides (see pics). They were a bit frayed, so I brought the car to a trusted friend in Shelbyville, TN who restored classic cars. He and his team removed the stripes and intended to put a new set on. But once removed, they determined the paint was soft enough to buff and we left them off and brought it back to its original state. They also replaced the headliner, touched up the rear interior because it was greening a bit and replaced the rear hatch lift supports (I still have the originals). Most recently, I replaced the gas tank, which had rusted and caused some starting issues. Clark Crawford of Z Cars by Clark put an original, completely restored ZX tank on the car and original battery cables (which had been swapped out at some point by the original owner) and she runs like a top. Everything works - gauges, stereo, speakers, electric mirrors, electric antenna, electric windows, interior/exterior lights, turn signals. The only thing I've never tried is the Pioneer cassette deck. It powers up, but I didn't want to insert a tape and have it get stuck or eaten. One cool feature is a kill switch next to the stereo that cuts the sound. Likely a dealer add-on, but a neat one. The AC blows cold and the heat keeps you toasty warm.
Like any car that is nearly 40 years old, she has a few minor blemishes. In addition to a couple small spots of rust, the main one is where the original owner spilled some battery acid on the front passenger-side fender. Rather than have it professionally repainted, he decided to touch it up. All the paint experts I showed it to said it's best to leave it alone and I agree. This is a unique shade of blue and is very difficult to match.
While I've really enjoyed owning this car over the past six years, I'm ready to pass it on to someone who can make it part of their collection. I drive it/run it regularly, keep it covered in my garage, but always worry about putting extra miles on. I'm ready for something I can drive with my family when and where I want to. The pictures on the ad were taken a few months back. I've also included a pic from the day I left North Dakota and one of the original owner (thumb in pic!) so you can see the stripes that were put on by the dealer and subsequently taken off. They were on the hood as well. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have, share additional pictures, details, etc. I'm also happy to help coordinate transport anywhere you'd like it to go. Thanks for having a look!
Classic Car ID101063657
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