In it for the long term: 1980 Datsun 280ZX

25 years ago, on January 2, 1992 I took a one way flight from Seattle to SFO and bought a 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV and drove it back over the Siskiyous in the dead of winter.  I still have the car, to rip off that other site, it is a Car Of A Lifetime.  I don’t plan to sell it until I can’t drive, and a certainly can’t see selling it to buy a modern motor.  I can’t imagine buying a brand new Grand Tourer in 1980, keeping it for 37 years and then selling it after buying a new Corvette.  Find this 1980 Datsun 280ZX for sale in University Place, WA for $10,200 via craigslist.

The Z started out at the end of the 1960’s as the Datsun Fairlady Z.  Mr. K had an incling that the Farilady name wouldn’t really capture the American imagination, and had the Fairlady renamed the 240Z.  By the 1980’s the Z had grown from a sports car to a Grand Tourer.  This car is one of 2,500 black and gold  2 door 10th Anniversary special editions sold in 1980.  It’s powered by a 2.8 liter inline six.  The ad doesn’t mention how many miles are on this car, but it looks to be in reasonable nick.  Not sure what the zip tied red wire is doing, but the rest of the vacuum lines seem to be there.

The 10th Anniversary also came with a special leather interior.  In other shots, the seats appear to still be in good condition, but the leather wheel cover is missing a few stitches.  Looks like an aftermarket cheap radio has replaced the 80’s stocker and the cig lighter has gone missing.

You also got t-tops as standard with the 10th Anny edition.  I kinda dig the gold inserts on the wheels as well.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.