View Full Version : Qty of 280ZXs sold

06-06-2004, 11:00 PM
Can anyone tell me how many 280ZXs were sold during the models' lifetime ,
LHDs, RHDs 2+2s and 2 seaters all included !

Please reply to sdezart@appia.eiffage.fr as it is for an article I want to reply to this week in which I'm defending them !

14-06-2004, 11:06 PM
I have since found out, there were in excess of 400,000 models sold for all your information !

15-06-2004, 12:09 AM
Sean, production figures are in several of the Z books published, so arent any secret. Most of course went to Uncle Sams men who probably dont give a Castlemaine XXXX how many were made.
Bit like me really!!!

15-06-2004, 09:30 PM
Was it not the 280ZX's success in the U.S.A. that lifted the Fairlady range to the title of "Best Selling Sports Car of all Time", only recently usurped by the Mazda MX-5? Surely this would grant it a place in history and some respect? S130 model sales are virtually a match for the sum total of all preceding S30 variants in America and the U.K.

[turn valve and open floodgates for tirade of corrections on S130 variants and the Japanese home market. Point finger at Dezart and say loudly "It was 'im wot said 280ZX in the first place......I knew 'e meant S130 really."]

15-06-2004, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by pmac
Most of course went to Uncle Sams men who probably dont give a Castlemaine XXXX how many were made.
Bit like me really!!!

Here here :D

15-06-2004, 11:53 PM
Yes lookout for rumblings from the contentious count!!!

16-06-2004, 01:15 AM
I actually have a soft spot for the S130.

Hackney Marshes.

Nigel Brook
16-06-2004, 09:17 AM
Take the engine/gearbox/diff out first!

17-06-2004, 08:06 PM
Originally posted by Albrecht
I actually have a soft spot for the S130.

Hackney Marshes.

Albrecht start slaging off the S130 and you will be looking at getting a punch on that long nose of yours. :p

now have a new pc after old one blowing up but loads to load up on t yet so will be quiet for a while

20-06-2004, 10:37 AM
pmac, the only book I know of that staes the production figures for the S130 is Brian Longs which I have lent to a fellow club member in order to have some reference material to help him in his restoration of his 240Z (there being no 'foreign langauge' Haynes manual) ! I was therefore hoping that someone could help me out quickly via this site - that wasn't the case but I got it elsewhere !!!!

As stated, the info was needed to defend the Zs, correct the author of a Z article of various errors (including the Goertz myth) and to specifically promote the 280ZX (S130, thankyou Mike).
Over here, there hasn't been one article on the 280ZX, just 240/260 and some on the 350Z, the 280s aren't even mentioned in the prices guide despite being older than other mentioned classics !
A bit more support from members of a club for all models would have been and still will be appreciated - the US sites are less orientated towards the S130 and probably don't care how many were sold outside of the US !
I am sure that there were more S130s sold than HS-30s which as Mike says helped us keep the record before the MX5 came along !

Nigel, do you have something against the 280s engine -used as the base for many uprated engines, the gearbox - preferred against the HS-30s and the diff. which is prefect for long distance cruising ? Or did I miusunderstand you ?
Every Z model has its plus and minus' you either choose the model that suits you or you reconstruct a model that is presonalised - two great plus' with Z/ZXs !

Albrecht - wgere do you keep your soft spot - leftor right ?

28-06-2004, 01:01 AM
how could anyone not like the 280zx?? alright- we'd all love to have a 240 or a 260, or both, but come on, the 280 has to be a great all round, ahead of its time car??? line one up against the 'sports cars' of the same era - ford crapi, escort etc etc

i've only had a 280 for a short length of time but can honestly say i love it. Looks, practicality, driving pleasure, gadgets(which still work!).

ok, lets be having the narky retorts now!!! but i still love my 280!!!

28-06-2004, 08:48 AM
Have to agree with you that the 280ZX was ahead of it's time!
I used to own one back in the 1980s, when many of it's competitors were still driving around on live rear axles, cart springs, drum brakes and using those carburettor things !:eek:
If only the UK market had been given the Turbo model!!