The level of preservation on this JDM sports car is quite impressive.
Nissan’s Z-Cars are the stuff made of legend, true JDM heroes that fans of import performance can really get behind. It’s important to remember one’s roots, and this 1981 Datsun 280ZX beautifully portrays some of Nissan’s earlier sports car efforts. Buying this car would be an excellent way to educate future generations and preserve automotive history, while also having a lot of fun.
Gallery: 1981 Datsun 280ZX Wears Original Alpine White Paint
Pretty much everything about this 280ZX is factory original. For starters, that beautiful Alpine White paint is exactly what the Datsun wore when it rolled off the assembly line. While the seller states the chassis is free of rust, there are some small surface spots on the body, which is amazing considering the age of this Datsun.
Everything on this 280ZX works, with the exception of the air conditioning. That means you can turn the key and fire that 2.8-liter inline-6 right up, plus use all the controls and gauges for trouble-free enjoyment on the open road. It’s obvious the previous owner took excellent care of this ride. And like any proper sports car, this one comes with a manual transmission.
One of the biggest improvements in the Datsun 280ZX versus the Nissan 280Z is the more luxurious interior. Those vintage red seats, dash, carpeting, etc. are gloriously original. There is one exception: a new stereo with Bluetooth has been installed, but the owner is including the factory radio. should you prefer to enjoy your tunes in vintage fashion. You also get the original window sticker and owner’s manual, adding further to the authentic experience.
The impact Nissan’s Z-Cars have had on the automotive world is profound. Average enthusiasts and big celebrities like Paul Newman fell in love with the Z-Cars alike, thanks to their sporty appearance and great performance chops. It was ten years after the first Fairlady Z launched in Japan that the Datsun 280ZX debuted in North America for the 1979 model year. It took the market by storm, being named Motor Trend’s import car of the year. This well-preserved 280ZX is available to purchase through Classic Motorcars.