This might be the coolest Nissan barn find ever.
Some of the best sports cars of the 20th century come from Japan, and vehicles such as the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R and legendary first-gen Honda Civic Type R are being scooped up by collectors across the world. But one of the most famous names in the Japanese sports car world has to be the Nissan Z, which made a massive impression in the US when it was first launched in 1969, and subsequent models have now become highly collectible. One such model is the 280z which has been seen in full-blown drag-spec and is a favorite for restoration projects. A recent video shows a barn-find 1976 280z with only 350 miles on the odometer getting its first wash ever, and it is more glorious than it sounds.
The car in question is a true barn find and was kept in storage for almost 44 years. "I was showing my 300zx to a friend who loves these kinds of cars, and he said that he has a neighbor who had an old Datsun Z that doesn't have many miles on it. A couple of years later he called me and said that the Z was for sale. I could not believe what I found" said Stephen Walker, the current owner.
According to Walker, when the first owner bought the car and drove it home to Hershey Pennsylvania all the way from Philadelphia, he realized that there was a small dent in the front fender and ordered Datsun to replace it with a new one, hence the missing parts on the front end. The car never saw another mile.
The interior has been partially disassembled by the previous owner in preparation for some audio system upgrades, but all the original parts are still there, and even features plastic protective bags over the seats. Ironically the paintwork has been preserved by all the dust and debris the car gathered while stored in the original owner's garage, and the engine bay is spotless and includes the original factory markings and tags. After a thorough detailing, and with a bit of reassembly, this 1976 Datsun 280Z comes alive and offers a truly unique look into the past. Since the mini restoration, this Datsun has gone on to win several awards at Zcon.