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 4 days ago
    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.
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue