1981 Datsun 280ZX Turbo
OK, so it's nothing like 1934. But that year, Nissan Motors was
formed from the merger of two Japanese car companies: DAT
Automobile Co. and Jitsuyo Automobile Co. But instead of using the
new, Nissan name plate for the front of their cars, they chose to
brand them Datsun - the moniker DAT Automobile Co had been using
since the previous year - which was a variant of Datson, the name
used since the company's first car the year before that, changed
because it sounded too much like a Japanese phrase that means "to
lose money". Come 1984, and with the Datsun brand firmly
established across the world, Nissan decided it was about time it
marketed its cars under the parent brand's name plate. Datsun was
dropped. But it was a pricey decision. Changing signs at the 1,100
Datsun dealerships cost $30 million. Changing the marketing epithet
from "Datsun, We Are Driven!" to "The Name is Nissan" cost $200
million. Then there was another $50 million spent on approved but
redundant Datsun adverts. All in, it was a $500m exercise...
For consignment a Datsun 280 ZX T top. The definition of pony car
with its long, long front hood, and snub rear, sporty styling, and
throw in a turbo just for some extra kick, or should I say
Covered in a Thunder Black respray, some areas of slight paint
"pull up" can be seen in the form of adding just a bit of texture
to areas we assume have been filled on the bodywork. It is hard to
see and it has to be in the right light but in the interest of full
disclosure it is now noted. Gold spears race across the belt line,
and nicely polished rocker trim, and wheel surrounds show off
themselves in chrome. Plastic, all clear, covers the deeply inset
headlights and add to the aero of the long hood. Removable T (K?)
top sections, also in black, are nice and tight and show no leaking
areas, or the residue thereof. Lattice on the rear fastback glass
is noted and shades the rear storage compartment. Gold snowflake
pattern wheels show off on all 4 corners, and have a nice Z labeled
cap in the center in polished chrome.
Plenty of gauges and buttons to play with here, while you are
lounging in your leather buckets. Dash is original and shows
gauging that is clean, clear and accurate. The centered square of
digital readouts in tiny red dot lighting unfortunately is not
working and is noted because this writer thought it was cool to
watch it change. 3 additional angled inset gauges are set into the
mid dash area and point their findings toward the driver. Directly
under the air control levers we see a dedicated area for the audio
system that rivals any home theater of the day. With a steel
amp-like looking tuner, separate cassette player, and multi-channel
equalizer hung below, any music can be fine-tuned to come out of
the high end factory speakers with melodious tones. This stereo
sits above a center console that houses the gear shift lever, and
toggles for the side mirrors. Mounted into the doors are switches
for the power windows, and they are in a field of nice tan leather.
A large storage area covered in the gold carpet throughout, doubles
as the concert hall for the speakers, and brings up the rear.
An original engine bay in nice condition houses the original 2.8
Liter Turbo charged fuel injected inline 6-cylinder engine. This is
backed by a Jatco 3N71B 3-speed automatic transmission. A test
drive reveals that after a good warmup, you can goose this car and
be up to speed in a hurry with the turbo kicking in almost
With some surface rust and normal patina, the underside is
presenting nicely with no items of noting on the structural level.
Braking is provided by power disc brakes and they are not shabby
and bring you to a short distance halt from speed.
Overall, a nicely presenting body repaired resprayed 280 ZX that
runs great, has a good kick in the pants from the turbo, shifts
smoothly in the automatic transmission, and stops quickly. What
more could you ask for as back in the day, this was one of THE cars
to have if you were young and wanted to do some showing off.
Nuthin' like good old Japanese technology...Let's call it
simplified over engineering!
A-3 Speed Auto
C1-Automatic Climate Control
JN1-Nissan Passenger Vehicle
603418-Sequential Unit Number
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