Looking fresh and vibrant in its two-tone paint scheme and sporting a drivetrain that's in top form, this 1982 Datsun 280ZX Turbo would be a great acquisition for the automotive enthusiast looking for a true '80s icon that would not only be great for weekend excursions, but is perfectly suited for more frequent driving, as well.
At first glance, you can see how this Z's appearance contributed mightily to its almost universal popularity. There's no doubt that there were plenty of '80s-era cars with styling very much of their time, but this certainly isn't one of them. Its timeless form looks just as good today as it did some 37 years ago. Being a 1982, it received a fairly thorough updating by its manufacturer, adding noticeably more prominent hood ducts, a remodeled rear roof pillar and refined taillights. The striking two-tone, blue and silver paint it now wears really does it justice. Even after so many years of faithful service, it remains a well-aligned car, with even gaps surrounding its hood, doors and rear hatch. Take a closer look and you'll see that the contrasting trim running along its lower bodyline is nice and level and has an appealing gloss to it. This 280's T-Top configuration is also a great plus, affording the option of open-air motoring, or protection from the elements with minimal wind noise when you so choose, and the included panels are in great shape and seal nicely.
While if you look closely you can find some of the expected signs of wear on the surfaces of the gray cloth interior, this remains a very enticing vintage driving environment and there's definitely plenty to like inside these doors. The cloth bucket seats have held their shape well and still offer plenty of support and they bracket a center console that's in surprisingly good condition. The bench seat in back looks nearly unused. Despite its UV sensitive black color, the dash area is another strong feature - it shows no warpage or cracks and houses an instrument panel's worth of clear factory gauges, all of which are still functioning as intended. The hatchback configuration of the ZX makes for a surprising amount of storage space in back and that area looks great here, with clean carpeting lining the floor. Comfort and convenience features include power windows, air conditioning that's blowing cold and strong and an AM/FM/Cassette to provide a period correct audio experience while you're on the road.
Underneath the hood sits a fuel-injected and turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 that's mated with a 3-speed automatic transmission, so this car is a lot of fun to drive but won't leave you dreading stop and go traffic any more than you already do. The engine sits in a compartment that remains in entirely stock configuration but has been well-maintained to keep it free of any grime or discoloration and both the surrounding wires and hoses appear nice and fresh. This vintage Datsun offers a very strong experience behind the wheel, as the engine is running strong and the transmission shifts very smoothly. Smooth power steering makes for easy navigation, while power disc brakes at all four corners bring the car to quick, easy stops. A very charismatic and road-ready representative of its era, this classic rides on a set of special edition 15” stock Nissan “Z” rims reserved only for turbos like itself, outfitted with Cooper Weather-Master tires.
If you're looking for an iconic sports car that offers both an open-air experience and the comfort features for enjoyable frequent driving, you should check out this 1982 Datsun 280ZX Turbo. Call today!