1980 Datsun (Nissan) 280ZX

Season 4: episode 14

This 1980 Datsun (Nissan) 280ZX just arrived to The Barn Miami as new inventory. Why did we buy this 280zx? Well for starters it has 29K original miles. It’s the more desirable 2 seater (not 2+2), it’s 100% stock and VERY original. In fact, it’s been serviced at the dealer most of its life till recently. Yes, it does have the least desirable automatic transmission, but we understand that could be a favorable situation for certain buyers. Additionally as better condition cars become harder to find on high production cars, we are more forgiving on circumstances like the transmission. We focus on the condition. The opposite is true for very rare cars – at that point the condition can be sacrificed.

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History on the Datsun/Nissan 280zx:

The Nissan S130 is a sports coupé produced by Nissan in Japan from 1978 to 1983. It was sold as the Datsun 280ZX, Nissan Fairlady Z and Nissan Fairlady 280Z, depending on the market. In Japan, it was exclusive to Nissan Bluebird Store locations. It was the second generation Z-car, replacing the Nissan S30 in late 1978. The 280ZX was the first time the “by Nissan” subscript was badged alongside the Datsun logo, along with Nissan trucks. The 280ZX was Motor Trend’s import car of the year for 1979. The 280ZX was replaced by the Nissan 300ZX in 1984.If you enjoyed this video, please like, share and subscribe! We look forward to bringing you more reviews on exclusive cars.
The 280ZX was a complete redesign, retaining only the L28 inline-six engine and other driveline components from the 280Z. Both two-seat and four-seat (2+2) designs were offered. Compared to the more overtly sporting earlier models, the 280ZX was a much softer, heavier car, with less focus on driving and more on driver comfort and refinement.[1] Softer suspension, better sound insulation, more comfortable seats, and ample equipment including high-end audio systems defined the new ZX. In the spirit of the times, emissions controls and aerodynamics were markedly improved over the first generation Z-cars, while weight was down somewhat as long as the buyer did not pick much from the very long options list.[2] The exterior design was evolutionary, less rounded and with better integrated safety bumpers. Many parts, including the rear-axle and the power steering came from the Datsun 810 luxury sedan.[2] Most of the design effort went into the entirely different and much more modern interior.[3] The car became a grand tourer rather than a sports car, particularly in the plush Grand Luxury versions.
The 280ZX adopted suspension similar to that of the concurrent Bluebird 910, with MacPherson struts in front and semi-trailing arm independent suspension in the rear. The wheelbase was up from its predecessor (90.7 in or 2,304 mm) to 91.3 in (2,319 mm) for the two-seater.

The 280ZX’s body was redesigned with aerodynamics in mind. By closing in the open grille of the first generation Z-car and through other improvements taken from wind-tunnel testing, the drag coefficient was reduced from 0.467 to 0.385, and the lift coefficient from 0.41 to 0.14. The new design had a lower center-of-gravity and nearly 50/50 weight distribution in both the two-seater and 2+2 designs. The rear of the car was stretched to accommodate a larger 80 L (21.133 US liquid gallons) fuel tank. Overall, the new body design gave better fuel economy and high-speed stability (one of the known issues from the first generation Z-car).

Steering was changed: The 280ZX initially offered either unassisted rack-and-pinion steering or a Datsun 810-derived recirculating-ball with power assistance. Neither came in for much appreciation in period road tests.[3] A new power-assisted rack-and-pinion replaced the recirculating-ball steering system for the 1981 turbo, becoming available on the naturally aspirated models the following year. (written history provided by Wikipedia)