The Nissan Z-car is a sports car by Nissan Motors Ltd for six generations since 1969. The Nissan S130 shown here, is the 2nd second generation Fairlady Z produced from 1978 to 1983, replacing the Nissan S30 in late 1978. Hugely popular in the USA, the 280ZX was Motor Trend's import car of the year for 1979.
The S130 was a complete redesign, retaining only the inline-six engine and other driveline components from the S30. Both two-seat and four-seat (2+2) designs were offered. Compared to the more sporting earlier models, the 280ZX was a much softer car with more focus on driver comfort and refinement. Softer suspension, better sound insulation, more comfortable seats, and ample equipment including high-end audio systems defined the new ZX. The exterior design was evolutionary, less rounded and with better integrated safety bumpers. Many parts, including the rear-axle and the power steering came from the Datsun 810 luxury sedan. Most of the design effort went into the more modern interior.
The new design had a lower center-of-gravity and nearly 50/50 weight distribution in both the two-seater and 2+2 designs, not a small achievement for cars made in 1970s. Overall, the new body design gave better fuel economy and high-speed stability (one of the known issues from the first generation Z-car). The 2.0 Litre-engined Fairlady 200Z shown here, was a Japanese domestic market only model. The smaller engine was offered so that it would comply with Japanese government regulations, since models with the larger engine were regarded as the top-level luxury model in Japan, therefore all export markets got the L28-powered version. In Japan, it was sold exclusively through the high-end Nissan dealerships called "Nissan Bluebird Stores".
This pristine, highly original 1979 Japanese Domestic Market Only Nissan S130 200Z is one of the most immaculate classic Fairlady you'll find on the market today. Originally delivered in Japan in 1979 and after 40 years of tender loving care, has only 70,000km on the clock. The car was sourced from Japan by its previous owner, a big Z enthusiast, self-imported and registered in Hong Kong in 2015.
The "raison d'etre" for the purchase was actually a fascinating story. The previous owner's childhood dream car was a Red S130 Fairlady driven by an antagonist character 韓彬 cast by Simon Yam Tat Wah 任達華 in a hugely popular TVB Police Fiction《新紮師兄》in the 80s. Determined to fulfill his dream, he found a good condition Red 200Z in a Japanese car auction site and proceed to bid for it. Unfortunately his bid didn't meet the reserve and the car was returned to the owner.
The dream was shattered and the idea was all but forgotten, until one day, the same red car showed up in front of a hotel in Japan where he stayed for vacation! Upon enquiry, he found out that the car belongs to the hotel owner. The dream was re-ignited and this time, he is determined to "take the lady home". For three consecutive days, he tried to convince the owner to sell it to him but was being refused. Finally on the fourth, and last day of his stay, the Hotel owner was finally moved by his persistency and agreed to the deal.
The car was shipped and registered in Hong Kong in 2015. To create the perfect replica, the owner applied for the license mark "DD 3067" at Government auction, then he went on to give the car a paint make-over (from deep red to bright red) to match the one from the show. After 3 years of enjoyment, it was time for the Z to find a new home and just like before, the car has found its righteous custodian. In early 2018, the car was featured in a "video shoot-out" about 3 Nissan Fairlady and coincidentally the editor for the story at the time was also a big Fairlady fan. A quick hand shake was all it took and the Fairlady has a new home.
Since the new owner took over, the car underwent a thorough inspection by a classic specialist and subsequently embarked on a restoration journey. All the original interior components were refreshed, air condition restored. The hard to source original radio was installed and all areas of wheels, suspension, brakes, engine, cooling and exhaust were restored. This car is an unrepeatable opportunity to own what could be one of the best condition S130 ‘Z’ cars in Hong Kong. This fantastic car is a rare find ready for preserving, and will make for a very rewarding and straightforward choice for the car collector on a budget. Don’t miss out on the chance to own this pristine Nissan ‘Z'
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Driver's Sider: RHD
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Indicated Mileage: 76500 KM
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: First delivered and registered in Japan in 1979. Imported and Registered in Hong Kong in 2015, showing "1 previous owners" on the VRD. Original Sales Brochure, Tool Roll, Jack and Spare wheel plus restoration records come with the vehicle.
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Highly original 1979 Japan Market only Car
Well preserved and easy to maintain
Perfect for fans of 70s to 80s fan
84 Points out of 100 Condition
2018 - 2019 ( Over $170,000 Spent)
- Refurbish wheels
- New Tires
- New Exhaust
- New Shocks Front & rear
- Full suspension refresh including all bushing, control arms, ball joints
- New Clutch
- Full interior restore
- Install original hydraulic rear hatch arms
- Cooling System Restore
- Air Conditioning System Restore
- Original Radio installed with new retractable antenna
- Brake System Overhaul, including new master cylinder
- Fuel system overhaul
- New Battery
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Nissan was a relatively small automaker when it entered the international market in the 1960s and partnered with Yamaha to design a new sports car prototype to update the Nissan Fairlady. It resulted in the prototype Yamaha YX-30 from 1961. Nissan executives saw the prototype as a halo car that would improve their company's image in the minds of consumers. By 1964, Nissan realized that Yamaha's DOHC 2.0-liter engine was not meeting Nissan's expectations and the project was scrapped. Yamaha later finished a prototype and took their design to Toyota, resulting in the Toyota 2000GT.
The Second generation, the Nissan Fairlady S130, also known as the Datsun ZX in export markets, the car continued to use the "Fairlady" moniker in the Japanese domestic market where 2-litre inline-six engines, like the one we are selling, were available and was first introduced in 1978.
The only thing left unchanged from the previous 280Z was the 5-speed manual transmission and 2.8-liter L28 inline-6 engine, while the entire car overall was made more luxurious to meet growing consumer demands. Major changes for this new generation of Z-cars include t-tops, introduced in 1980, and a turbocharged model introduced in 1981, complementing the naturally aspirated (NA) 2-seater and NA 2+2 models. Coupled to either a 3-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission, the turbocharged model was capable of 180 bhp (130 kW) and 203 lbf⋅ft (275 N⋅m) of torque, over the 135 bhp (101 kW) and 144 lbf⋅ft (195 N⋅m) of the NA engine.
Notable models include the 10th Anniversary Edition, featuring gold emblems, gold alloy wheels, and two-toned paint in either gold/red and black, with luxury features such as leather seats, headlamp washers, and automatic climate control.
The 280ZX was wildly popular, being hailed as Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1979 and going on to set a Z-car sales record of 86,007 units in its first year. While on the one hand, it received praise for taking the Z-car to further levels of comfort and performance, many enthusiasts also lamented the further emphasis on luxury over driving fun. This would continue with the third generation of Z-car, with a clean-sheet redesign that would take the Z-car to further heights.
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