RB Powered 1977 Datsun 280Z

50,250 AED


Item condition: Used

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The classic Z remixed. This S30 280Z is a restomod project featuring a turbocharged RB25neo, air suspension and more

  • Powered by Nissan’s infamous RB25DET NEO coupled with a turbo
  • Fitted with an Airlift ALP3S system controlled by the iPhone/Android app
  • Built by Kanzen Motorsports with numerous upgrades including a full repaint, modern air conditioning, retrimmed interior and more
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • VIN (Chassis #): HLS30411625
  • Engine: 2.5L In-line Six
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Mileage: 9000
  • Mileage Type: km
  • Exterior Color: Yellow
  • Interior Color: Black
  • Registration Status: Registered, Dubai


  • Purchased in the UAE in 2015 as a stock Datsun 280Z  with an L28 engine and modernized over several years.
  • This Z is now powered by a Nissan RB25DET NEO, a 2.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with matching transmission.
  • The Z has undergone extensive mechanical and cosmetic modification including an engine swap, transmission, a full body repaint, interior replacement and much more.
  • As featured in Car Culture in 2019 carculture.ae/the-datsun-from-kanzen-jeremys-280z/


  • Built by a former partner of Kanzen Motorsports, a JDM specialist garage in Dubai.
  • Fully repainted in Lamborghini Diablo Yellow accented by black fender flares, rear spoiler and a Skillard front bumper.


  • Interior including the headliner, door and interior panels were fully retrimmed in black vinyl. Black carpeting was replaced throughout.
  • Front seats re-upholstered in black vinyl with suede inserts.
  • Speedhut GPS gauges (odometer, tachometer, temp, oil pressure, boost etc.) and a black suede Sparco steering wheel.
  • Upgraded air conditioning system from Ampex DIP.


  • This Z is fitted with Nissan RB25DET NEO, a 2.5 liter inline 6-cylinder twin-cam fuel-injected engine.
  • The engine was reportedly sourced in the UAE and rebuilt at Kanzen Motors in 2016.
  • A new turbocharger was fitted in May 2021.
  • A Tomei short shift kit and new single-plate clutch were also installed.
  • Upgrades include a Mishimoto radiator, thermostat and electric fan.


  • During the restoration all rust was repaired (a common issue on S30 Datsuns) prior to the repaint. The underbody was also coated for protection.
  • Chassis frame rails were reinforced to handle the additional power. 
  • Upgrades include Gecko springs and Techno Toy Tuning sway bars.
  • 15-inch deep-dish watanabe rims all-around.
  • Slotted and drilled discs in the front and drums in the rear.
  • A new Airlift air suspension system was installed in May 2021.


This Datsun 280Z has undergone an extensive restomod completed between 2018-2019. However, there are a few points including mechanical observations noted on the Inspection Report.


  • A fan shroud is recommended especially if the car will be used in the summer in hot climates.
  • Minor wear and tear on the left tie-rod end boot, steering boot, and tension rod.
  • Minor oil leak on the rear main seal.
  • Gas gauge is not working. Fuel tank level sensor needs replacement.

Recent maintenance & repairs following inspection report

  • Repair of power steering reservoir leak.
  • Replacement of upper and lower radiator hose.
  • All fluid replacements (engine oil, brake fluid, clutch fluid, coolant, power steering).

Cosmetic & Other

  • Roof paint has cracks from previous sunroof delete. This requires a roof repair and repaint to address.
  • The dashboard has a plastic dash cap. The original underneath is cracked (a common fault with S30 Datsuns).
  • Driver and passenger window weatherstripping need replacing.
  • Air conditioner hoses need to be fitted to left and right side passenger vents. Only central stack vents are fitted at the moment.
  • Note: Heater was deleted. No spare tire.


A recap of the some of the most important modifications:

Engine & Related

  • Nissan RB25 NEO DET inline-six engine and transmission.
  • New turbocharger and starter motor fitted in May 2021.
  • Upgraded to Mishimoto radiator, thermostat, and electric fan.
  • Fitted with an independent ECU, power steering, brake booster, and Tomei short shifter


  • Full repaint in Lamborghini Diablo Yellow with black fender flares, spoiler, Skillard front bumper and skid plate
  • 15-inch Watanabe deep dish rims.
  • Front headlights replaced with LED units, removable acrylic ZG-style headlight covers and new taillights.


  • Suspension: Airlift air suspension fitted in May 2021, Gecko springs, Techno Toy Tuning front tower brace and sway bars.
  • Fitted with a single muffler straight-pipe exhaust with catalytic converter delete.


  • Upgraded air conditioning system from Ampex DIP.








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