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All the specs on the bottom are for a '79 ZX. If you notice, it lists the brakes as disc/disc and shows 135 BHP which was the later testing method from the '79. Oh well, WE all know the real specs. ROFL

The car is beautiful though! Any guesses as to what the reserve is at? I'll bet it's set higher than anybody is willing to pay for a 280Z at this time.

Looking back on what I've spent and what I have left to spend, I would have been better off buying something like this car. Then I would have been driving it all these years instead of getting greasy and looking at it sit in the garage. :tapemouth

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Looking back on what I've spent and what I have left to spend, I would have been better off buying something like this car. Then I would have been driving it all these years instead of getting greasy and looking at it sit in the garage. :tapemouth

But, Jeff....you wouldn't have appreciatedit as much if you just turn the key and go....you gotta work for it!ROFL

At least, that's what I tell myself....8 months in bodyshop he!! and whatnot...

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Looking back on what I've spent and what I have left to spend, I would have been better off buying something like this car. Then I would have been driving it all these years instead of getting greasy and looking at it sit in the garage.

But sometimes the fun can be from fixing it up and enjoying after your hard workLOL

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As an owner of a 78Z on the other end of condition chart of this one, I must agree that the reserve will most likely be more than anyone is willing to pay for a 78. I currently have a 73 and 71 that both are in very good condition but I still love my ugly old 78 better. If I had unlimited funds I would very interested in this car.

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Oh, the irony! This shows up, and I recognize the dealer's name - his place is about 4 miles from my house! The ironic part is that I'm out of town all week, and can't go scope it out right now!

But I'll be home long before the auction closes, so if anyone is interested I'll try to make it over there and confirm the real condition. I suspect it'll be pretty good, as that dealer does normally have darn good stuff.

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But, Jeff....you wouldn't have appreciatedit as much if you just turn the key and go....you gotta work for it!ROFL

At least, that's what I tell myself....8 months in bodyshop he!! and whatnot...

Yes, yes, I know ALL about the hard work and appreciation part of it, but it would be kinda nice to actually be able to DRIVE my Z rather than constantly work on it.

What's sad is that no matter how much time and money I dump into mine at this point, it will never be as clean as that car. Granted, mine is far from stock, but still... There's something to be said for an unmolested Z. If I were in the market for that Z, I would, of course, have to put some personal touches on it like Panasports, lowering springs, urethane bushings, 240Z bumpers... WAIT A MINUTE! Then I'd be right back to working on the car again ROFL

I guess I'll just keep plugging away on mine.

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What's sad is that no matter how much time and money I dump into mine at this point, it will never be as clean as that car.
Which is exactly why I bought my red 240Z, as opposed to waiting to finish the yellow 240Z. It was far more affordable to buy a clean, very original car - rather than to try to restore my rusty, high mileage car to that level.
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I can definitely see where you guys are coming from. I wished I would have spent more money up front and bought a nice Z like the one on this thread. My Z is driving me nuts.....she runs fine one day.....then runs like crap the next. I thought I was giving her a "treat" the other day by giving her higher octane gas instead of the usual 87 or 89, boy was that a mistake...she is running like TOTAL CRAP. Never thought gas would make that much difference.

Anyway, thats a damn nice 280.....wonder what his reserve is....

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I was bumming around on there yesterday just for fun being Mike must have been doing updates yesterday and I couldn't get on here :( :laugh: and I too saw that 280Z and thought the same thing Enigma said "Beautiful, but that engine bay needs a good cleaning. That would be a nice one to have, but I already have my low mileage beauty :D

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What a shame.... "repainted a few years ago".... That will hunt it alot more than likely.

1. Why would a well cared for, 39K mile 280Z need to be repainted in the first place?

2. What is hidden under that new paint?

3. No mention of the quality of the repaint - makes you wonder why also....

With its original factory paint in near perfect condition - and that mileage - it should be selling in the $14K to $16K range.... Unless some buyer can go inspect the repaint very carefully, I doubt it will bring much over $12K at the most on E-Bay... Additionally, the Dealer having an on-line Ad. at $11,995.00 doesn't help the seller.... The car is most likely on "consignment" there and actual owner is most likely looking to get $10K out of it...

All that said - if one were to go physically inspect the car - and it checks out well - even at $12K it would be far less expensive than paying $7,500.00 for a solid 78 Z, then having to "refresh" it yourself.

FWIW,

Carl B.

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What a shame.... "repainted a few years ago".... That will hunt it alot more than likely.

1. Why would a well cared for, 39K mile 280Z need to be repainted in the first place?

2. What is hidden under that new paint?

3. No mention of the quality of the repaint - makes you wonder why also....

With its original factory paint in near perfect condition - and that mileage - it should be selling in the $14K to $16K range.... Unless some buyer can go inspect the repaint very carefully, I doubt it will bring much over $12K at the most on E-Bay... Additionally, the Dealer having an on-line Ad. at $11,995.00 doesn't help the seller.... The car is most likely on "consignment" there and actual owner is most likely looking to get $10K out of it...

All that said - if one were to go physically inspect the car - and it checks out well - even at $12K it would be far less expensive than paying $7,500.00 for a solid 78 Z, then having to "refresh" it yourself.

FWIW,

Carl B.

Well, I did look at it in person today, although I see that it has sold (via BIN) for $10,995. For the most part, it's as nice as they claimed. It has a set of Sears/Michelin 205/70-14 tires dating from the mid-80s, and the rear spoiler as pictured, otherwise all stock. Interior and underhood look great, no bones to pick there at all.

But just as you suspected, Carl, the paint is an issue. It looks good from 10 feet, maybe even 5. But up close there's a lot of dust in the clear coat, and they didn't remove the glass when it was prepped. For the most part it was well masked, but if you look close you can tell.

As for why it was painted, I saw no sign of body damage or repair, and the underside looked perfect. My guess - based on my memories of Datsuns of that era - is that the original clear coat started to craze and/or peel. So the owner had it sanded and repainted. Just a shame they didn't spend a touch more at that time to do it right.

But - at $11k (possibly plus shipping costs, don't know where the buyer lives), it will make an outstanding weekend driver or casual show car. For high end show or collector use all it will need is a "correct" paint job. Someone got a really nice car...

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Just like Carl stated you could not "build" an equivalent car for that amount of money. It's a shame about that respray because it's only original once.

As a brief aside there is an original owner '78 silver 280Z with only 60k original (or thereabouts) in our local Z club and his clearcoat is showing some problems so that might be why it was repainted as stated above. His engine bay also has a fair amount of cosmoline just like this one on ebay.

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