1980 Datsun 280ZX 2.8 from North America
We are driven!
Rattles, rear hatch shocks out, clutch, and alternator.
A pretty powerful and well engineered car. I did some motor work like a cam and then a header, and that made a big difference.
Not very many of them around, and faster than you would expect. It is kind of like a Corvette; handles pretty well, and is pretty comfortable.
I am kind of surprised with the power of this car, and after purchasing it and fixing it up, I have something that can keep up with one of those new V8 Jags acceleration wise.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th January, 2012
18th Jan 2012, 14:14
Had one of these back in '87 when I was 25. My friend had a 260Z, and my other friend had a 300ZX. A bit different from your usual hot hatch of the 1980s. Here in Scotland, these cars were pretty cool in those days. My 280ZX was standard, as it left the factory, and had only 33000 miles on the clock. I loved the car, but in UK form, was around 140-150 BHP - quickish FOR THE TIME, but I always thought the car was more of a cruiser rather than a racer, but it looked fantastic; a long hood like our E Type Jag.
Your car must be quick to match a V8, had a pal with a Jensen Interceptor III V8. The Jensen would have been in the next county before I engaged 2nd gear, but it was nowhere near as reliable as the Nissan.
6th Feb 2012, 23:56
I definitely was not beating the Jag that day - it still had way more power than my car. I did rebuild the entire motor on my car and a different cam. Before the rebuild, it was pretty much the cruiser. Did your car have right hand drive?
13th Feb 2012, 09:37
Yes, my car was right hand drive UK spec. It was a late 1981 car, gold with tan interior, made just about the time Datsun were changing their name to Nissan here in the UK.
Lots of happy summer days, fantastic car, Steely Dan on the stereo.
It's great "Reelin' In The Years".