The market for classic Japanese import sports cars is really
heating up. We first loved them for their reliability, and now that
nostalgia has set in, we want to re-capture that old magic. So it's
especially important to find a loaded and preserved example like
this 1981 Datsun 280ZX.
The Orange Mist Metallic paint on this car shows the right signs to
be the original application. It sets a good tone for a car that
appears both largely stock and well preserved. This one has a
garage-kept look with a well-coordinated style golden pinstripe
that highlights the well-fitting panels down the profile and the
power bulge of the hood. And it even goes well with the side rub
strips and gold accents of the 14-inch factory wheels. So as this
crosses the 40-year threshold, it's getting harder and harder to
find such a well-respected example of such an icon. After all, we
love the look of these Datsuns where they had their own take on the
long sweeping hood that has made other sports cars true classics
(and the added headlight covers just can't help but draw
comparisons to the Jaguar E-Type.)
Open the door, and you see more evidence of this Datsun's pampered
life. Excellent upholstery on the bucket seats, good carpeting, a
smooth dash, and a nice feel to all the plastics. The 280ZX was not
only quick, but it's also comfortable. This means a long list of
desired features, including power windows, power rear defogger, and
cruise control, and the factory AM/FM/cassette stereo. There are
even provisions for factory air conditioning (it will need
servicing to function again.) Of course, don't think we forgot
about the T-tops! These are like magnets constantly attracting you
to take out the glass and go for a wind-in-your-hair drive.
The fuel-injected 2.8-liter motor is a legendary smooth and
rev-happy powerhouse that helped establish Datsun/Nissan as an
exciting brand of cars. It has the look of vintage, right down to
the decals, but the condition of the belts, wires, and other
fundamentals also suggest proper care. The SOHC inline-six fires up
easily and makes a wonderful baritone wail that's a big part of the
early Z's allure. Taking this classic out on the road rewards you
with the sports car harmony of the five-speed manual transmission,
fully independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes.
The sale comes complete with the owner's manual and maintenance
records. This kind of opportunity for a coddled classic doesn't
come around very often. Call now!
1981 Datsun 280ZX
Location:Concord, North Carolina
Exterior Color:Orange Mist Metallic
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