1977 Datsun 280Z

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Mom’s 1977 Datsun 280Z is for sale

We’ve written a lot at Classic Car News about “future classics,” cars we think are going to escalate in value. Among them, perhaps even foremost among them, are the Datsun Z cars.

But this particular 1977 Datsun 280Z was selected as Pick of the Day not so much because it is an unrestored original with automatic transmission and nearly 175,000 miles on its odometer, but because of its story.

The “original owner is my mother, who drove it locally,” the seller in Chino, California, says in the advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com.804527_23193492_1977_Datsun_280Z

“It has rack and pinion steering which is too hard for her to steer now that she is 80 years old, so the time has come to let it go,” the text in the ad continues.

“The odometer had gone around once. She has kept it garaged and the interior is naturally worn. It runs good and there aren’t any dents or accidents.”

The advertisement notes that the car remains original, that the seller’s mother kept up with all maintenance, which included installing new fuel injection and a new gas tank “and whatever else was needed along the way.”

“She loved this car and took very good care of it.”

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The seller admits that, “The front spoiler is worn” (and photos show the details). However, the seller adds, “the shade kit on back window is great and it is made of metal.”

804527_23191388_1977_Datsun_280ZThe car is white with a tan interior, air conditioned and with an AM/FM radio.

The asking price is $7,500 or best offer for a Mom’s car that would be nice to preserve.804527_23193495_1977_Datsun_280Z

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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