Used Car of the Day: 1980 Datsun 280ZX

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

This restored 1980 Datsun 280ZX is today's UCOTD.

It appears that the engine has less than 200 miles on it and the wheels, tires, and paint are new. Also new are the stereo and speakers, and rust has been repaired.

The A/C hasn't been done, but the seller has the parts needed available.

This car is listed for $19,500 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

[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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  • KOKing KOKing on May 15, 2023

    If this was an actual Black Gold anniversary car, it might be worth the asking, especially if it had the original wheels and not what appear to be Watanabe knockoffs.

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 16, 2023

      "I have the original wheels that came with the car if buyer is interested in those."

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 15, 2023

    "rust repaired" aka bondo????

  • SaulTigh When I was young in the late 80's one of my friends had the "cool dad." You know the guy, first to buy a Betamax and a C-band satellite dish. Couple of stand up arcade games in the den. Bought my friend an Atari 2600 as soon as they came out. He had two of these crap heaps. One that only ran half the time and one for parts in the yard. My middle school brain though he was the most awesome dad ever, buying us pizza and letting us watch R rated movies recorded on free HBO weekend. At the time I though he was much better than my boring father.Now with adult hindsight, I now know he was "dad who should have taken better care of his family" and not had so many toys.
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