Vilner Garage presents one of the most unique projects ever to come out from the Bulgarian atelier. It’s based on Datsun 280Z ‘Fairlady Z’ and the story of the car is no less interesting than the project itself. “We’ve literally pulled the car out of the owner’s living room”, says the company’s founder Atanas Vilner.“
Vilner Garage presents one of the most unique projects ever to come out from the Bulgarian atelier. It’s based on Datsun 280Z ‘Fairlady Z’ and the story of the car is no less interesting than the project itself.
“We’ve literally pulled the car out of the owner’s living room”, says the company’s founder Atanas Vilner.“ The ex-owner is from Germany and his family tree can be associated with Erich Hartmann ‘Bubi’, the most successful flying ace in history. “We’ve removed some of the house’s window assembly to pull the car out,” adds Vilner.
The relative of Bubi fell in love with the car in the States. Two months later he managed to ship this ‘Gold Metallic’ Datsun 280Z to Hamburg. The car was sharing a container with some parts from a Messershmitt Bf 109 fighter plane which was also connected to Erich Hartmann.
A few years ago the vehicle was shipped again, this time to Vilner Garage in Bulgaria. And then ‘restomodded’ with the support of BASF R-M The Code art program. Vilner developed a special colour and called it ‘Vilner Copper Rose’ within the program and used it for the ‘Superlite’ styled wheels, for the front grill, the back of the car and for some interior details. The main colour is called ‘Vilner Cobalt Matt Metallic’.
“Every single piece of that car was checked, changed, refreshed or replaced with new” says Vilner. “As far as the ‘restomod’ modifications, I’ve kept the car as close to the original. As my imagination allowed me to do”, he continued.
Although Vilner tried to keep to the ‘restomod’ concept, the exterior features full LED headlights and taillights, a LED ‘Z’ badges for side indicators on the front wings, machined side mirrors and fully customized exhaust system with side silencers, just in front the rear wheels. For a cleaner look, Vilner removed the bumpers, both front and rear.
The interior is phenomenal. Almost 100% of the panels are wrapped in Vintage leather with the exception of the side panels and the central tunnel. The latter is covered with blue felt. Blue is also the color of choice for the floor mats. If you look closely, you’ll spot that they are edged with leather and badged with metal ‘Fairlady Z’ lettering. The seatbelts are also blue and the top liner is shaped like the seats and that shape also provides a sound deadening effect.
The “20 Years Vilner Studio” badge was last used on the company’s amazing Shelby Mustang Super Snake project back in 2018. Here you can see it on the Fairlady seats. The next car that will receive a similar attention will be in 2021. So, this 1976 Datsun 280Z is much more than another Vilner Garage’s project.
‘Vilner Copper Rose’ can be found inside the car, too. The centre mirror cap, the ‘DATSUN’ plate on the dash, on the steering wheel and even on the gear lever button.
This car was disassembled to the last nut with every part refurbished, replaced with an OEM one or with better one. Stainless steel is used for the whole exhaust system, handcrafted and polished. The car sits 20 mm closer to the ground due to Eibach springs.
“To sum up the project with some numbers? It’s impossible” says Vilner. “The amount of work put into this project is beyond any car done by my team. And I can guarantee that this Datsun 280Z ‘Fairlady Z’ is one of the most unique cars on the planet. Even the asking price of 75k Euro is modest when you consider the amount of work and materials put into this project, not to mention the art work” ends Atanas Vilner.