1982 Datsun 280ZX
Although the old guard won't enjoy hearing it, Japanese cars are
becoming collectable. We're already seeing spikes in prices of cars
like the Datsun 2000 roadster, the Toyota 2000GT, and the early
Mazda Cosmo, so there's no sense in fighting it. The Datsun/Nissan
Z-car now has a history that's nearly as old as some of our beloved
American iron such as the Camaro, Firebird, and Dodge Challenger.
And for a generation that grew up in the 70s, the Nissan 280ZX was
something we eagerly read about in the pages of our favorite car
The American iron muscle had plenty of power which is indisputable,
but Datsun, (soon to be Nissan), with their Z series, had decent
power for their size, but has a one up on the Americans..handling!
This was nowhere more evident in the class ranks of the SCCA, where
the Z's were in the same class as the ponies. Down the straight it
was the Americans, however they were quickly caught in the curves
and out handled which made for interesting racing on all
configurations of tracks. And now for consignment we give you this
1982 version of the Datsun 280ZX with super low 26,953 original
A super shiny thunder black paint job adorns this sports car from
Japan. A nicely curved front spoiler rotates around to meet the
front quarters which frame 14-inch Mangels wheels sporting shiny
chromed dish edges and 5 spokes of alloy wheels. In front deep
inset headlights flank the long hood which from side view almost
looks like it's been pinched to a point at the bumper. We see a
dual gold decal trim spear running the length of the car and
highlighting the center line. To keep that look going the glass is
trimmed with stainless steel which has a wide vented trimming on
the b pillar just prior to the triangulated sloping rear side
glass. A long sloping rear top glass and hatchback forms another
blunted point on the rear of the car and it gives it a look of the
80's European supercars, in particular I see some Maserati
inspiration. On the back, some snappy orange over red tail lights
within a black horizontal grid bezel, a black bumper top with some
chrome on its bottom runs straight across the back roll pan. More
shine for the exhaust tip which is a single exit on the passengers
side just below that bumper. Gold badging, and that look makes this
car much like a black and gold highlighted bottle of lightning.
A swing of the door to leap inside to an inviting very good
condition interior, reveals 2 leather tan colored covered bucket
seats all original and in great condition. These chairs have been
protectively covered with fuzzy gray sheepskins on the tops since
new and are nicely fitted. Comfortably seated, one can reach out to
the factory brown steering wheel, gearshift and center console
glovebox between the seats. We can gaze upon the clean original
dash which is all made up of tan molded textured plastic framing a
black sweep instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. The dash
display is peppered with some digital lights and warning readouts,
which adds a techno look when turning the key. In the center is a
trio of molded circles which have gauges embedded within and are
aimed at the driver for easy glancing to see what's up. Also noted
in dash center, are temp sliders and a panel just for the stereo
which includes an AM/FM/Cassette player and aluminum looking knobs
and buttons. On the convenience side are power windows, remote
controlled mirrors, cruise control, and intermittent wipers, all
conveniences not often seen in an 80's sporty automobile. Gold
carpeting nice and clean covers all the floors, and in back a large
storage area under that large flat greenhouse gate glass. The
original factory tan carpeted mats are stored here.
Flipping the long, long hood forward reveals an original unrestored
very clean and corrosion free engine bay. Shoehorned into this
space is the L28E inline 2.8 Liter 6 cylinder engine with
electronic fuel injection that produces 145hp. Bolted on back is a
T5 5-speed manual transmission that not only provides great
acceleration in lower gears, but great gas mileage in overdrive.
This works with a 3.90 rear axle to smoke the tires.
Shades of some patina show here with little to no surface rust, and
aluminum floor pan coverings for some aero slipperiness. A solid
unibody frame, good mechanicals, and overall very clean low mileage
condition. All independent suspension is seen as well as power disc
brakes on all 4 corners.
No complaints from this car as it fired right up and ran
beautifully. All functions were in working order, and it presents
nicely to the eye for the interior and exterior. Exhaust sound
relates to the impending storm that is forming and this car is
looking for a challenger, possibly even some American Pony Muscle.
I did notice the AC is cool but not super cold.
Prior to Nissan-this Datsun 280ZX BY NISSAN..has bells and whistles
and is a very low mileage example which is extremely clean. It is
also a slightly larger car, fuel injected, and has overdrive.
Overall this is a very nice car. An all original car for
consignment here at Classic Auto Mall will have you tearing down
the road, making lots of zzzzzzzzz's!
H-L28E Non Turbo
265156-Sequential Unit Number
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1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The
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