BaT Auction: Original-Owner 1977 Datsun 280Z 5-Speed

This 1977 Datsun 280Z was purchased by the seller from Al Piemonte Datsun Inc. of Melrose Park, Illinois on November 17, 1977 and is finished in silver over a black interior. Power comes from a fuel-injected 2.8-liter inline-six paired with a five-speed manual transmission, and equipment includes later-model 14″ factory wheels, aftermarket side mirrors, an Ansa exhaust system, and a Concord AM/FM cassette player. Work since 2019 is said to have included repacking bearings, repairing a headlight switch and parking lamps, and the replacement of fuel injectors, fuel lines, the battery, and the front brake pads and rotors. This 280Z is now offered with a window sticker, 1977 purchase paperwork, manufacturer’s literature, service records since the 1970s, and a clean Illinois title in the seller’s name.

Original-Owner 1977 Datsun 280Z 5-Speed

The car was delivered new in Sterling Silver (306), and the seller states that the body was refinished in 1985 due to rust in the rocker-panel areas. Equipment includes chrome-finished impact bumpers, hood vents, aftermarket side mirrors, and an Ansa exhaust. Paint chips, indentations, and blemishes are noted in the finish, and corrosion is present on the driver-side rear wheel opening. Close-up images depicting these flaws are included in the gallery below.

Original-Owner 1977 Datsun 280Z 5-Speed

Later-model 14″ factory wheels are mounted with Dunlop SP Sport A2 tires. Braking is handled by power-assisted front discs and rear drums, and a June 2019 service is said to have consisted of replacing the front brake rotors and pads as well as repacking the bearings.

Original-Owner 1977 Datsun 280Z 5-Speed

The cabin features bucket seats upholstered in black with a matching dashboard, door panels, and carpeting. Equipment includes woodgrain trim, crank windows, and an aftermarket Concord AM/FM cassette player. Wear on the driver-side door seal is present, as is creasing on the driver-side seat bottom, and fading is noted on the rear deck carpeting. The headlight switch is said to have been repaired in June 2019. The factory air-conditioning equipment is present, but the system is currently inoperative.

Original-Owner 1977 Datsun 280Z 5-Speed

A leather-wrapped steering wheel frames a 160-mph speedometer and a tachometer, with an analog clock and auxiliary gauges positioned in the center stack. The five-digit odometer indicates approximately 53k miles.

Original-Owner 1977 Datsun 280Z 5-Speed

The 2.8-liter inline-six features Bosch fuel injection and was factory rated at 170 horsepower, with power directed to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. Service since 2019 is said to have included replacement of the battery, fuel lines, and injectors.

Original-Owner 1977 Datsun 280Z 5-Speed

Corrosion is noted on some underside surfaces, and additional images showing the condition beneath the car are included in the gallery below.

Original-Owner 1977 Datsun 280Z 5-Speed

Documentation accompanying the car includes 1977 purchase paperwork, manufacturer’s literature, service records, and a window sticker that shows equipment, colors, and initial delivery to Al Piemonte Datsun with an $8,204 retail price.

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