Used Car of the Day: 1982 Datsun 280ZX

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We're going north of the border today for this 1982 Datsun 280ZX.

It has a fuel-injected 2.8-liter engine, four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated in the front), power-assisted steering, T-bar roof, vocalized warning system, tinted windows, alloy wheels, and analog guages.

It has a five-speed stick.

It's a deluxe model, meaning it has A/C, power windows, and dual rearview mirrors that are controlled from inside the cabin.

Finally, the car also has the original radio and cassette deck, plus a power antenna.

If this sort of thing interests you, the car is for sale in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for $20,000 CAD. There are 180K kilometers (or miles, it's not clear) on it. Apparently it's also been rust-proofed and never sees water unless it's being washed.

Click here to see it.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Zipper69 Zipper69 on Jun 17, 2024
    Allowing for the usual hidden bugs, seems a worthwhile investment.
  • SportyClassic SportyClassic on Jul 09, 2024
    Drive a co-workers 5spd for a few hours in 82. Very different from domestic and impressive. Only thing I didn't love was the rear end dropped under "spirited" acceleration.
  • ToolGuy I am NOT SURE WHAT TO SAY. In fact I'M NOT EVEN SURE WHAT I JUST READ. I paid a premium for my last cordless drill/driver because it has a hydraulic front end which PRODUCES LESS NOISE AND VIBRATION.
  • ToolGuy Tim, THANK YOU FOR THE ALL CAPS. I think it ADDS A LOT to the discussion. I might USE it MYSELF in the future. Have a GREAT WEEKEND.
  • Kars I think it depends somewhat on the car you buy. For a Mustang GT I would want the real ones, for a Toyota Corolla it wouldn't matter.
  • Bkojote Yes. Two things. First off, Elon, like Trump, is kinda stupid. Like Kanye West or Candace Owens or Ben Shapiro, he's got like an 8th grade education and sits right on that first dunning-kruger hump. But the thing about *kinda* stupid is he *kinda* realizes the only way anyone will subscribe to his personality is by being a contrarian. The other is by buying in to the scam the other is running. Tesla's a two product company with aging product lines and false launches. But while Elon's kinda stupid, he's not fully stupid, and he knows enough to continue with the scam - large scale support for the EV industry only serves to depress Tesla's product value, so if it can win favor against the odds of say, Rivian or Lucid, he can continue to pay himself a few dozen-billion dollar bonuses till he sells it off or shuts it down.
  • ToolGuy Perhaps a Chinese company will purchase Volvo.