November 22, 2022
The 1983 Datsun 280ZX was from the marque’s second generation, the first of course being the legendary 240Z (and subsequent 260Z & 280Z — name changes brought about by engine size increases). The 280ZX debuted for MY 1979, and to some folks’ horror, it grew in size. (You can just imagine their reaction to the even larger 2+2 version!) Besides having a choice between rear seating or no rear seating, 280ZX buyers could also opt, as the brochure told us, “To turbo or not to turbo, that is the question.” Either way, under the 280ZX’s long hood was a 2.8L (hence the name) inline six, a carryover from the 280Z. Since their inception back in 1969, the Z cars were branded in their home market of Japan as the Fairlady Z. We saw this one late this past summer at the 32ndAnnual Olcott Beach Car Show in Olcott.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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