Back to Cedric page 1968-1971 2000 260C (130) 1971-1975 240C 260C (230) 1976-1980 260C 280C (330)

The restyled 430 series of models were released in Japan in 1979, replacing the distinctive but dated 330 series. Typically for the flagship range, the model was offered in its home market with many trim levels, including diesel options and a pillarless saloon but like previous generations, only available in the UK in a single specification. Like the previous 330 series, the car was available here as a 4 door saloon and 5 door estate. The 2 door coupe option was no longer offered in its home market, but replaced by a pillarless 4 door hardtop. The engine had been refined over the years, and now offered fuel injection, all round disc brakes (on saloon only) and alloy wheels as standard. 1331 saloons and 1156 estates were imported with one diesel model for the Type Approval process. Despite the luxurious specifications the spacious estate still had rear leaf spring and rear drums brakes.

 430_1UK Spec 1981 280C Saloon
 430_2UK Spec 1981 280C Estate

The car featured a strong standard equipment list – the saloon featuring all round electric windows and air conditioning. The unstressed engine and value for money were key selling points for customers who had experience with the previous model, with a higher level of refinement. Like the earlier 130 series, its believed that Pininfarina had some input in the cars styling, the results were a handsome well balanced looking design, but typically Japanese. Like most larger Datsuns however, they served their owners well and eventually became a favoured car with the banger racing community. The subsequent replacement, the visually similar 300C was by now a Nissan badged car and continued to satisfy the owners of these spacious cars until 1987.

 430_3JDM Spec Cedric Hardtop

Model History

Cedric 280C (1980-1984)
L Series 6 Cylinder 2753cc OHC
4 door saloon, 5 door estate
March 1980
4 door saloon and 5 door estate 280C launched in the UK, with same engine as previous model
August 1984
Discontinued, replaced by Y30 300C