Ahhhhh.. now we’re talkin’, a 1975 Datsun 280Z! Finally, a nice, normal car from Scotty G! This normal 280Z (hee hee, wringing hands) is on Craigslist with an asking price of $13,995! Wow, it must really be a nice, original car for that price!..
Hey, isn’t the cord for the block heater usually hanging out of the grille? Ok, enough of that. While this is a nice, normal Datsun 280Z, at least body and interior-wise, it’s also a nice, abnormal 1975 Datsun 280Z EV!
This car was built 10 long years ago so it must have withstood the test of time. It’s a fantastic, professional conversion done by a company called Operation Z, but they no long do EV conversions and it was their shop vehicle.
1975 was the first year for the 280Z in the US market and this originally would have had Nissan’s L28E, 2.8L inline-six with fuel-injection and around 150 hp, but now it has a FB4001a Series Wound DC motor with up to 100 hp at 144 volts, which this car has. As it is now, this car has a top speed of 94 mph and a range of between 25 and 45 miles. The other six batteries, for a total of twelve 12-volt batteries, are in the trunk. I know what you’re thinking, all of that weight in there, come on!! Well, the original L28E engine weighed about 450 pounds, and the 12 batteries weigh around 450 pounds, you see where I’m going here.. And the batteries are evenly spread out between the front and the back of the car. This thing has to corner like it’s on rails.
The interior looks great and it looks stock, including the floor shifter. But, this was converted to a clutchless 4-speed from the regular third-pedal-needed setup. The owner/builder was going to convert it back but never did. This EVZ even has AC, and since it’s located in the Los Angeles, California area, that’s probably a nice touch. This isn’t a car that most folks will have any interest in, and that’s perfectly fine. Not everyone likes everything (other than me!) and that’s what makes this such a great website, it’s a wide variety of finds for a wide variety of readers in a wide variety of countries around the globe. I would probably have a regular 280Z, but this one would sure draw a current.. I mean, a crowd!