1983 Datsun 280ZX for sale 101329904
1983 Datsun 280ZX
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1983 Datsun 280ZX

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Classic Car Overview

For sale is a very clean 1983 Datson 280ZX, manual five-speed transmission, t-tops. The interior is in excellent but not perfect condition. I have owed this Datson since 1984 and drove it mostly on the weekend and long highway road trips. The car is located in Arizona, and there is no rust anywhere. Most of the time, it has been parked in the garage with a car cover, no sun damage. The major interior items: dashboard, leather seats, custom sheepskin seat covers, and door panels are in like-new condition; the carpet and floormats show their years. I have included many photos so that you can get a true feel of the car's condition. In the early 1990s, the vehicle was involved in a minor fender-bender; there was some damage to the right-rear quarter. The damage was fully repaired and is only noticeable if one knows it is there. The overall condition is excellent but not new; the car is 37 years old.

History: I'm not the original owner; I purchased the vehicle in Phoenix in 1984 with 12,000 miles. I believe it originally came from New Jersey. The 280ZX was always my second can and was used for special occasions, usually on weekends and for road-trips. I used the 280ZX two or three times a year for 2,500-mile trips to extreme north Californa to visit family; there were a few years where I drove to the L.A. area often for scuba diving trips. In general, the Z was used softly, with an easy hand, mostly on highway driving.

Mechanical Issues: There are two repairs jobs worthy of note: In the late 1990's (97-99), I thought it would be time to replace the clutch plates. There no causal reason (i.e., no mechanical breakdown or the like) to have that repair; it was a desire on my part to ensure I never had any problems on any of those long road as mentioned above. The 'Z' has had very little activity over the last two decades (marriage, children, etc.); it pretty much stayed in the garage under a cloth car cover. During that time some of the rubber bussing deteriorate, which lead to some front end problems. Those issues have been repaired, and the steering is tight and as responsive as new. In the early 90's there was a very minor rear-end (very low speed) "fender-bender." The damage was limited to the right-rear quarter and was repaired at a Scottsdale Nissan dealership. 

Repair/Restoration: The interior is in very good condition, EXCEPT for the floor carpeting, which needs to be replaced. The ash-tray has a chip out of one quarter, and some of the side interior plastic lining is lose and drops.  The main thing is the important interior items, glare-shield, door panels are all good. The exterior has three areas to be considered: There is a dent in the left upper rear panel (this can be seen in the ad photos); I don't think it is too significant, and there is no paint damage in the area. On the left side, just under the running light, there is a small dent, it appears that the light was pressed in causing the depression, the running light lens has no damage. There are normal parking lot door dings and scratches. The red paint shines to a high gloss and looks really good. Some of the pin-striping tape is missing.  

General Overall Condition: When I had the recent front-end work done, the repair-shop was very impressed with the Z's condition; it looks good and runs good!  This 280ZX is the best one I have ever seen, and if I were going to restore one, this is the one I would start with. I know of no mechanical defects (except the radiator overflow bottle leaks); there is only minor and not too expensive interior work to make it new. The paint is in great condition.  

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    Import Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Condition
    The overall condition is excellent but not new; the car is 37 years old.
  • Mileage
    153,000 miles
  • Engine
    6 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
    5 Speed Manual
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

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