Vintage R&T Review: 1975 Datsun 280Z – Fuel Injection And More Displacement To The Rescue

In 1975, there was a decided move towards adopting fuel injection—by the imports, that is—in order to mitigate the deleterious effects of the primitive emission controls of the time. Opel adopted it, to good effect, as we saw here recently in a Vintage Review. One of the more significant new adopters was the Datsun 280Z, whose predecessor, the 260Z, was feeling decidedly wheezy compared to the original free-running 240Z. Not only did the revived 280Z get, but also a larger 2754cc version of the SOHC six. The combination perked up the Z, but even then, it still couldn’t quite match the performance stats of the original. Still, the also-heavier 280Z acquitted itself well, given the difficult times.