• The second generation Datsun Z is a symbol of the 1980s.
• This example of time warping has covered only 8,000 miles.
• On sale right now Bring a trailerthe auction for this car ends on April 29th.
The seller of this 1983 Datsun 280ZX, Adamicsseemingly a big fan of the Japanese brand, judging by the giant DATSUN sign the size of the dealership in front of which he parked this vintage Z. If this visual seems vaguely familiar, it may be because this seller used it in a previous BaT Sale — for 36,000 miles ’78 280Z which brought in $ 61,000 back in October and excellent 355-mile 280Z 1976 release that went in November for $ 140,000.
This 1983 280ZX is another example of the very low mileage sold now on the Bring a Trailer, which is like Car and driver, is part of Hearst Autos. Z’s second generation debuted in 1979, and at the time we said it was. ”turns into a personal luxury car.“Back then, the genre held fast in the U.S. car market, and buyers bought Monte Carlos, Cordoba, Cutlass Supremes and the like by the hundreds of thousands.
The new ZX was in tune with the chic, decadent spirit of the time, and a look at the original window sticker (included) for this car shows power windows, air conditioning, velor upholstery and cassette stereo – all included as standard. This car occupies the highest positions with T-tops, the most glamorous feature of that period.
Although the style is clearly related to the original, Datsun has smoothed out some folds on the sheet metal to update the organic curves of its predecessor. The metallic hue of champagne (French beige) is accentuated by stripes of red ribbon that are extremely intact. Extra points for the license plate “Datsun saves”, which was a long-standing advertising slogan of the brand in an era of fuel crisis. Sharp eyes note the nascent plaque on the tail “by Nissan”, whispering about future changes.
The red-red-red interior stopped us in our tracks. Perform color key uniformity and pure chromatic intensity. And while the automatic transmission has so far been an increasingly popular option on the Z, this car has a five-speed shift lever that appears between the seats.
Under the front folding hood lives a 2.8-liter in-line six L28E with fuel injection. Here we have to pause to praise the vendor’s presentation, which borders on obsessive and includes elements such as compression test results, displayed paint meter readings and night images of exterior lights and dashboard warning lights. Well done, sir.
This presentation combined with the condition of this car and the ultra-low mileage is sure to lead to a strong selling price if the hammer falls next Friday. The bidder who won the bidding may not have a huge Datsun sign on the wall of his garage, but hopefully he has hair with feathers and acid-washed jeans to fully live the dream of the eighties.
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