The Datsun 280ZX was sold in the United States for the 1979 through 1983 model years, and many a line of cocaine was sniffed inside these cars during their heyday as affordable sports cars. The 280ZX still shows up regularly in California wrecking yards, but most of them go unphotographed as I continue seeking out the really rare stuff. However, since I’ve never included a 280ZX in this series, and this one in the San Francisco Bay Area was an especially
ugly rare 2+2 version, I decided to photograph it.
Was this car available new with blue interior and purple seats? Probably not, but the early 1980s were a strange time.
Sunroofs were once considered high-prestige luxury items, and so people would pay shops to install aftermarket units. This one appears to have been installed when the car was nearly new.
That’s a lot of miles for a car of this era, even a Nissan.
Some low-end used-car lot tried and failed to get $1,199 for this car. No rust, but very tired.
The image of the 280ZX in its homeland (where it was known as the Fairlady Z) was similar in general Malaise white-powderishness to that of the American models.
[Images: © 2017 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars]