1977 Datsun 260Z 2.8 petrol
Some minor rust under the badge on the boot lid, and some under one of the sills and one of the rear side windows.
Mechanically, the synchros have a short life if you like to play in speed events, but are fine for road use.
I was fortunate to find a car that had low mileage for the year, and had been recently repainted with a really good quality job, including rust proofing, when I bought it in 1993. Still got that paint job, still looking good. It has been garaged for all of its 20 years with me.
I used it as a daily driver for about 5 years. During this time I replaced the shocks and springs with more sporty items, and had the gearbox reco'ed - bearings and synchros. Despite frequent club circuit racing, the thing proved bulletproof.
The interior was in good nick when I got it, and had none of the usual splits in the dash from sun damage.
It has always been a joy to drive. Great handling and plenty of power, plus a genuine sports car feel about it.
Another thing is they are really easy to work on, having plenty of space under the bonnet if you enjoy doing your own maintenance.
This car has given me more motoring pleasure than any other I have owned, and I've owned 22 over the years. Partly because of the racing I guess, but the bang for your buck is unparalleled!
In 1999 I replaced the engine with an L28 (2.8L version of the original motor). The original was still running perfectly, but I wanted to go faster, and the bigger motor made sense as a basis for this. The new motor was mildly modified as a road/club car package, and the car has continued to give excellent high performance, reliable, fun motoring since.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th October, 2013