• Dec 21st 2006 at 8:22AM
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We figured that we had a good thing going, so why mess with success? Following up yesterday's lightly modified '76 Z-car is reader JWeller710's 1977 280Z. This one, however, is different in that it is "99.9% original." Our man JW, you see, is the car's one and only owner, and from the looks of things, he's been a very good parent to the Datsun. Other than replacing normal wear-and-tear items, he's had the car repainted once, which accounts for the .01% self-imposed originality deduction.

It's white with tan seats, and the single-speaker (driver's side) factory radio still works fine. The passenger-side speaker was an option back then, for those of you who were wondering. The car is completely rust-free, and it's been driven 110,000 miles so far. JW has no plans whatsoever to change or modify anything on the car. He says that with it's classic lines and excellent inline six, there's nothing worth changing. He thinks it's just perfect, and we're inclined to agree with him. it's today's Reader Ride of the Day.

More pics, plus info on how to enter your own car after the jump.

How to submit to RR of the Day:

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Umm...the 280 was just the next engine size bump evolution from the 260, just as the 260 was from the 240. Yes...demand increased over time, but that is because Datsun was relatively unknown initially, as was the idea of a Japanese performance car. I am not sure about the tale you are trying to tell here.

      Incidentally, it was not long after this model that the body was revised and the Z started to go soft. The next 280 was more of a disco-Dan cruiser.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hello All!

      I need some help. I want to regularly drive a 240z that I'm planning on purchasing. Is this a bad idea? How many mpg's can I really expect on a standard stock '72 240z?

      Thanks a lot I really need to get this right.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know, those cars were really neat. Even the old Datsun hatchbacks were different. My grandma had one and it went forever on a tank of gas. It wasn't especially comfortable, but it did get you where you wanted to go.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The 280z was the least desireable between it, the 240z, and 260z.

      The 300ZX was just ugly and fast, and the 350Z today is mediocre (Yes I've driven one)

      I'll take a mint 240z over any of them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had one back in the mid 80’s. Great fun. Unfortunately it rusted out from under me. One thing I do remember is it took regular gas And there was one station left in the area that still sold it at 49 cents a gallon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet!!!!!!!! All I need now is my disco platform shoes!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      From my memory banks....

      The '260' was rarer and more in demand than the '280' back in the mid 70's.

      Why?, well I was only 12 or so when my older cousin was telling me about them, we were cruising in his Custom Orange Dodge Van, he had bought the van from a guy who needed the money to buy a '260'. The '260's' was the car to have at the time, while the '280' filled the demand that was created by the '260'.

      Was my cousin right or wrong?

      Let's see what the AutoBloggers have to say about it!

      Merry Christmas Everyone !

      • 8 Years Ago
      only thing i would change are those bumpers. man are they ugly and heavy too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      good looking Z
      • 8 Years Ago
      always loved this car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ok, no fair...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Even better than the earlier one!
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