Datsun 280Z Brought Back To Life By Vilner Can Be Yours For $85K

Last year, Vilner found a 1976 Datsun 280Z in Germany, which was literally parked in the owner’s living room. To get the car out, they had to remove some windows, and after that, they took it to their headquarters in Bulgaria, to breathe new life into it.

Work started by disassembling the classic Japanese sports car. As the tuner puts it, everything has come out and has since either been repaired, restored or replaced completely, in what was a complete restoration project. But this being Vilner, they decided to enhance the appeal of the 280Z by giving it their special touch.

Starting from the exterior, the bumpers were removed for a cleaner look, and the car has received a ‘Vilner Cobalt Matt Metallic’ paint, contrasted by copper rose accents. LED lighting units have been added at both ends, the side indicators also feature LEDs and the wheels have a copper rose look.

The ride height has been lowered 20 mm (0.8 in) with the addition of Eibach springs, and there’s a new stainless steel exhaust system, too.

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Vilner is mostly specializing in revamping car interiors, so this 280Z has received vintage brown leather on the seats, dashboard, steering wheel and door panels. Light blue accents, blue and brown carpets, blue floor mats and seatbelts, as well as a new roof liner, which provides a sound deadening effect, contribute to the car’s retro vibe.

The rear-wheel drive sports coupe weighs 1,304 kg (2,875 lbs) and is powered by the original 170 PS (168 hp / 125 kW) and 221 Nm (163 lb-ft) of torque 2.8-liter inline-six mated to a 3-speed automatic gearbox.

Despite this being a classic, Vilner won’t hold on to it. In fact, it has already put it up for sale with an asking price of €75,000 ($85,088) which, they claim, is “modest when you consider the amount of work and materials put into this project”.


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  • Netsphere

    Yet another Z ruined

  • Six Thousand Times

    The point missed.

  • Liam Paul

    looks like something a kid did with a very limited budget on hand, while some of details are nice, it seems to overkill in all the other areas which makes it look like a garage project to me, esp the matte paint job

  • Mr. EP9

    I would have removed the blue accents from the interior, change the color of the grill and rear end from bronze (I think?) and went with a different body color. Maybe then it would appeal to me more.

  • LeStori

    Never like look the Zs even is standad form. However the Datsun Fairlady 2000 Convertible of the early 1970s was not only a fun car but looked very good for a Datsun(Nissan) as well.

  • SteersUright

    Not my cup of tea. I’d be hard pressed at $15k for this.

  • john1168

    They did all this work to it and they did nothing to the engine and transmission???

  • Bash

    Excellent! An engine/transmission upgrades will be most welcome though.

  • Eric D


  • Wandering_Spirit

    I like what they did. However, cobalt blue and bronze do not match too much in this case, both inside and out. 50k maybe, considering all the work done and the materials also 60k. Surely not 85k

  • Shtekeris

    That matte tone seems like unfinished fine, uneven kinda, like it’s work in progress. But that interior… you see, that happens when you eat a cow and then vomit it out all over the interior. Who will clean this up? Too much. Overall, it reminds me of some unfinished project car, the blue matte paint seems unfinished, and bronze leaves impression of rust at first sight. Weeeeeeird.

  • europeon

    Matte and satin finishes don’t work on old(er) cars.

  • Blade t

    I think an oem paint color would have worked better ,along with the wheel color..

  • KAG25

    The interior except for the carpet looks good, but they didn’t do any motor work, and charging $85k, pass

  • The paint is not for me, but clearly a good work. Not to mention the high quality interior.

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