The example you see here is one of the 1,009 examples of the 1979 Datsun 280ZXR ever built, and it could very well be the lowest mileage unit still in existence, with its odometer showing just 15 miles (24 km) since it was new.
The car is essentially a standard 280ZX coupe with a huge molded rubber rear wing and an upgraded design. Said rear wing was actually the reason the Datsun 280ZXR was made.
The addition proved highly effective, generating 370 pounds of downforce at 100 mph (161 kph). As a result, the Electramotive team won nine of the 15 races in the GTU class in 1979. It also served aesthetic purposes and helped differentiate the new model from its predecessor.
As per the racing rules, which require a certain number of production cars to be built and offered to the general public in order for a car version to enter racing competitions, Nissan had to make at least 1,000 units of the new model with the rear wing. The car manufacturer obliged and produced 1,009 examples of the special model.
Compared to the standard 280ZX coupe it was based on, the ZXR model came with a Silver Mist Metallic paint scheme, a special decal package consisting of a two-tone blue and black tape stripe down each side and on the hood, and large large "Datsun ZXR" logos on the front fenders, as well as that huge rear spoiler, which remained unpainted.
The carmaker didn't introduce any performance upgrades with the new cars, and all the units produced were exactly the same, with the only option offered being air conditioning.
The Datsun 280ZXR was only available for the 1979 model year and cost an additional $399 USD compared to the 280ZX. The molded rubber spoiler was also offered separately by Nissan Motorsports via the Datsun Competition Parts Catalog.
Since only a little over 1,000 units were ever produced, the ZXR is rare to begin with, but few original units are known to still exist today. One of the surviving examples is the one presented here. It was delivered new to St. Yves Motor Sales in Berkley, Massachusetts, in 1979, and it has never been sold since then. That's because it became a permanent part of the St. Yves Collection, which explains the low mileage. It most likely only accumulated the delivery miles.
The original 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine sits proudly under its hood, and the car's interior is all black, from the vinyl upholstered seats and door cards to the carpeting throughout, the steering wheel, and the dashboard. Other noteworthy features include bucket seats, tinted glass, and an AM/FM radio. What's more, the sale also includes a spare OEM stripe kit and a dealer information sheet.
Though this is a lesser-known Datsun model, it checks all the boxes for collectors - it is rare, it's a low mileage example, and it's in unrestored condition, original right down to the Bridgestone radials. Moreover, it is available with no reserve, so any Z Series fan could end up getting it for a bargain.