Datsun 280Z is three-door sportive hatchback which was produced by Nissan Motors Concern. It is has other name - Nissan Fairlady Z. Concern released the first model of Datsun 280Z for the U.S. market in the 1975. Its predecessor was Datsun 260Z. But the lifetime of the vehicle did not last long. It was withdrawn from the production line in 1978. It yields forward new model of Datsun 280ZX. In 1977 and 1978 correspondingly,
Datsun offered two special editions of the model. "Zap" edition was presented in 1977 as a "Special Decor Package". Zap cars were performed in Sunshine Yellow color and sported black stripes on the center and sides of the car, with yellow, red and orange chevrons at the front ends of the strips. In 1977 more than one thousand cars were produced. Also "Zap Z" was used as the pace car at famous Long Beach Grand Prix in 1977. "Black Pearl"edition of the car was presented in 1978 as a "Special Appearance Package" (SAP), which had some new features. It had rear window shutters, dual racing mirrors and a unique red and silver stripe at its body. Nissan Motors produces restricted number of cars, it is considered that from 750 to 1,500 cars were produced.
The model range was replaced by Datsun 280ZX (also had name S130 Nissan Fairlady 280ZX ) in 1979. L28E SOHC I6 engine of the vehicle had 2,8 liters of volume with 150 horsepower at 5600 rounds per minute and had a reliable Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection. Rotational moment was 163 nanometers at 4400 rounds per minute. In addition basic packaging arrangement included with four-step mechanic transmission with final reduction rate of 3,55:1.Optionally customers have a choice to install on the vehicle five-step mechanic or three-step automatic transmission. Instead of the standard at the time full size spare wheel Datsun 280Z larger fuel tank. Overall detentions of the car were quite large - Length 173.2 in (4399 mm), width 64.2 in (1631 mm) and wheelbase 90.7 in (2304 mm). Laden mass was 2875 pounds (1304 kg).