Stock # EV584
Mileage: 29,585
Manual 5-Speed
Wine Red Metallic 611

1978 Datsun 280z
29,585 Mile Survivor
2.8L L28E & 5-Speed Manual
2 Owner – P.O. Owned Since '94
Just Serviced
Final Year of the S30 Body Style
VIN: HLS30-422565
Paint: Wine Red Metallic (#611
Built: August, 1977
Evolve Motors and Chicago Car Club are pleased to present this 1978 Datsun 280z
This car has been in the Midwest since new; it was sold new at Russ Darrow in Wisconsin, then remained with the original owner in Wisconsin until 1994, when it was then sold to a gentleman in Illinois. Earlier this year we purchased the car from him. He stored the car under a cover in his 2-car garage, and drove it sparingly throughout the 1990s, before parking the car indefinitely in the early 2000s. Since taking possession of the car, we have gone through it in its entirety to get the car back to its former glory; this car is now mechanically well-sorted, and in outstanding cosmetic condition. The services we've performed at our shop, Albany Auto Chicago, since purchasing the car are as follows
- Drain and refill fuel tank
- Replace fuel injectors (6), injector seal kit (6), fuel filter
- Replace spark plugs
- Replace air filter
- Replace clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder, bleed clutch
- Replace tires with new Cooper CS Touring 195/70R14, mount and balance
- Clean and lubricate front brakes, clean and adjust rear brakes
- Change oil and filter
- Thorough cleaning inside and out. Buff, polish, and wax exterior
We love Datsun Zs around here, and have had a few of them. We find this car so interesting because the last Z we had was an early 240z, a bare-bones, minimalist car. This one is the polar opposite; this car was optioned with just about everything. The sunroof was dealer-installed, and this car has rear and side louvers, air conditioning, cruise control, mudflaps, body-colored door trim, wheel well trim, passenger mirror….it sure seems as though every available option was opted for when this car was ordered new
The Exterior
Wine Red Metallic paint is original everywhere except for the hood and very top of the front fenders, as confirmed with an elcometer. Paint gauge readings show 3.5-3.8 all around, with the aforementioned areas reading 6.2-7.0, which would indicate a respray. Wine Red Metallic is a gorgeous color in person, and suits the car perfectly. Metallic sparkle is nice and subtle. There are very few blemishes or signs of age; blemishes include a handful of small chips that have been touched up and are barely visible. One of these chips is on the passenger's side of the hood, and there are a couple more tiny chips along the rearward driver's door crease. There is also a visible shadow on the rear deck lid, left by the Russ Darrow dealer sticker that the car was originally sold with. All chrome is in excellent shape; the big impact-bumpers present as-new, with no scrapes, discoloring, oxidation, or anything of the sort. Weatherstripping is in fantastic shape, as is all window and wheel-well trim. Hubcaps are as-new, and tires are brand new Coopers. There are no dents or dings on this car and absolutely no rust bubbles or corrosion on the body panels, this car is bone-dry and the body is in excellent shape
The Interior
While we love how this car looks from the outside, the interior is the real highlight of the car. It's a true time-capsule. Black seats are leather with cloth inserts, and are in extremely close to new condition. On both driver and passenger sides there are no scrapes, scratches, creases, or signs of wear at all. Even the driver's outer bolster is free of scuffing. Original wheel is in great shape, dashboard is perfect. No discoloring, cracking, or damage. All gauges are functional, as are all powered systems. This includes R12 air conditioning, fan, heat, front and rear defrost, power antennae, original Hitachi radio, cruise control, wipers, all dash lights, fog lights, analog