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1983 Datsun 280ZX



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1983 Datsun




Engine Size
2.8 I6
5 Speed Manual
117,506 (Actual)
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Sports cars don't come much more sporting than the Datsun Z-car, and this 1983 Datsun 280ZX is very nicely preserved and hugely affordable. These were iconic back in the day and remain fun cars to drive with a balance and flavor that seems to elude today's overpowered 2-seaters.

This 280ZX gets just about everything right: great colors, a 5-speed, and it's a 2-seat version, not a 2+2 so the proportions are ideal and weight is manageable. Oh, and I should also mention that it's led a very easy life in a warm climate so it's not rotted and abused. It was repainted seven or eight years ago, so you know it's not perfect, but it was nicely done and has been properly maintained so it shines up well. White is pretty durable and easy to maintain, which probably explains the shine, and the fact that it's never been rusty or wrecked means that the sheetmetal remains in first-class condition aside from a parking lot ding in the passenger door. At some point it was upgraded with a Turbo hood and its cool offset NACA duct, but it would take an expert to spot it. Nice black rubber trim hasn't been oxidized by the sun and with painted bumpers it looks sporty without being too extroverted. No wings, no spoilers, just one of the cleanest designs of the period.

The red cloth interior is one of the better places to do the serious business of driving from the early '80s. The bucket seats are still firm and supportive, the upholstery is in excellent condition, and even though it's red, the sun hasn't faded it to some awful orange color. It's loaded with options including A/C (needs to be serviced), power windows, rear defroster, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo, the latter of which is splayed out on a silver panel just ahead of the shifter. Clear, legible gauges, including the traditional trio of auxiliary dials in the center of the dash, are all in good condition and as with any sports car, a 5-speed manual gearbox is a welcome sight. The cargo bay is in good shape with only light fading on the carpets (inevitable with that big rear window) and it still has the tie-down straps for the removable glass T-tops and a cargo net.

The 280 part of 280ZX stands for the 2.8 liter inline-six that powers this sports car, and it does a pretty good job of simulating some of the great sports cars of the '60s. Plenty of silky smooth torque means that the Z is a fun car to drive in traffic and it's an effortless cruiser on the highway with very good road manners. The engine bay, while covered in hoses, wires, and pipes, is remarkably clean and well detailed and it runs even better than it looks. The slick-shifting 5-speed is a joy to run through the gear, matching revs with each downshift and listening to the burly exhaust note that could only come from a six. The 4-wheel independent suspension is agile without a punishing ride and the 4-wheel disc brakes are powerful enough to easily scrub off the speed. It's not detailed underneath, but there's no doubt that this is a good original car, although it could probably stand a new muffler. Handsome alloy wheels are almost completely unmarked and carry 14-inch Goodyear white-letter radials that fit just right.

With the way Japanese sports cars are appreciating, it's only a matter of time before everyone catches on to what fun machines these are. Buy now and avoid the lines. Call today!

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  • Seatbelts
  • Rear Defogger
  • Power Windows
  • Power Steering
  • Power Brakes
  • Fuel Injection
  • Four Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Heat
  • Cloth Interior
  • Air Conditioning
  • Defrost
  • Cassette Player
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Service Manuals
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Front Suspension
MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
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