What’s the story on this one? This was exactly the question I was asking myself as I left a customer I had in Dallas, TX. As soon as I exited their parking lot low and behold there was a 1980 Datsun 280ZX sitting on a flatbed in a random parking lot across the street. There were other businesses in the complex however this was parked nearby some vacant offices.
When I pulled in the lot and got out of my van I actually looked around for someone to ask the very thing that I was thinking but nobody was there.
Typically I would try to keep my Nikon camera on me for special occasions like this one but on this particular day, I rushed out of the house leaving it behind. This meant my iPhone had the job of capturing this awesome car.
I was able to take a closer look at the car and capture a few shots and noticed that the paint was a mist metallic burgundy which appeared to be all original.
There were some sporadic faded areas on the hood and drivers side rear. The pinstripe was gold with matching colored original factory spoked wheels wrapped in Faulken Ziex ZE-502 rubber; if you look closely you can actually see the Z logo on the center caps. This car did not have the T-tops but did have the rear window louver.
The body was straight and did not appear to have been in any wrecks. Unfortunately since it was on a flatbed I did not get to see the interior.
As a kid back in the 1980’s the 280ZX was definitely in my top 5. Years later my ultimate dream machine that I really wanted was the Nissan 300ZX but that was out of my budget; fortunately, some time later I was blessed with a 91′ Eagle Talon TSi AWD Turbo, and man do I sure wish that I still had that car, but I digress.
The Datsun 280ZX was a game changer, they were fast, reliable and the price was right. It was also known as the Nissan Fairlady Z and Nissan Fairlady 280Z, depending where the car was being marketed in Japan or the US. It’s pretty cool because you can actually see the ‘by Nissan’ subscript next to the Datsun logo. The 280ZX was eventually replaced by the Nissan 300ZX in 1984.
Honestly, I might just go back tomorrow to see if I am lucky enough to meet the owner and perhaps make an offer, in the meantime check out the rest of my pictures in the below gallery.