1977 Datsun 280Z

Multiple records set at Mecum Indianapolis 2021
Friday, 14 May - Saturday, 22 May 2021
Sale Price
$35,000 - $45,000
Est. Range
22 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. HLS30373962. Bronze over brown vinyl. 2753/149hp, 4-speed, alloy wheels, Michelin tires, rear window slats, air conditioning, pushbutton AM/FM radio.

Evaluation: From the Dewayne Stephens collection. Showing 33,795 believable miles. Unrestored but maintained engine. Solid underbody with light age and road wear. Good repaint with some chips behind the hood and a small crack on the rear. The wheels look new or restored. Very good interior. A very well kept old Datsun, especially for a 280.

Bottom Line: The original Datsun Z-car – the 240Z – has tripled in value over the past decade, so they’re long past the point of being the entry-level classics they used to be. It makes sense, then, that as people get priced out of 240s, demand would rise for the later and slightly fatter 260 and 280Zs. The 280 has already roughly doubled over the past five years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down but this result is way, way ahead of the curve. It isn’t easy to find such a clean 280, but in today’s market with a little patience you could probably buy two cars in similar condition for this price.

by Andrew Newton
29 May 2021
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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