Crapwagon Outtake: 1980 Datsun 280ZX Black Gold Anniversary Edition
Like most sports cars, the Z got fat as it aged. The one/two combo punch of emissions and safety regulations worked over many a performance car throughout the ’70s, some not surviving the decade. The Z changed from SU-clone carbs, to finicky Hitachi flat-tops, to a Bosch fuel injection system over three years, all the while increasing displacement to handle the extra weight of massive bumpers. Enthusiasts may whine about the changes, but it seems market pressures added the pounds, too. In 1979, the 280ZX was released — a softer, more luxurious car than the predecessor.
Yet, it sold just as well, showing that Nissan were right about the market. New Z owners were pulling up to the valet at the disco, rather than carving canyons.
Yep, it’s the commercial that’s been passed around social media for years like a rolled-up twenty.
The 1980 Anniversary Edition Black Gold ZX was perfect to usher in the new decade. As a little car-fanatic kid in a multiple-Z-owning household, I had a toy R/C model of this very car tucked next to me in bed on occasion, rather than a teddy bear.
$17,000 is a big number for the car I’ve come to refer to as the 2DSC — two door saloon car, as it’s not much different than a Maxima of the era. The later cars, especially the turbocharged examples, brought much of the performance back to Nissan/Datsun showrooms, but these early ZXs were just good, comfortable cruisers.
gotta love a car thats almost half hood!
Brilliant car. Love the look and feel of the car. Our neighbour in Upper State New jersey traded his nearly new loaded flaming chicken Trans Am for one of these. Second oil shock in 1979 and the 280 was a lot better on gas. I still remember the the radio ads from WABC "Datsun 79, we are driven.....a long way". Nissan had a lot of very decent cars in the 1980s too but the name change killed them in a lot of markets. To this da, many non car people don't realize Datsun became Nissan, even though the logo is nearly identical.
I dunno, this example was asking (and got) $23,900 http://www.ebay.com/itm/221770294876?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT We already discussed this car in my Ebay Junkyard Find thing I did, in the middle of May. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1972-volkswagen-karmann-ghia/#comment-5653674
I can't find my favorite disco-style commercial now. Was on YouTube before - a JDM ad for the Mitsubishi Sigma (coupe). There was some very groovy (almost porny) music playing, and a pretty white lady driving. It mostly just showed her enjoying some wind through her big hair. Kon sa to-a, the voiceover said.