• 2.7L Inline 6
  • 5 Speed Manual
  • 107k Miles
  • Maroon Over Red Interior

Offered here in burgundy metallic over a striking red interior, is a well-maintained ’82 280ZX. Showing 107,370 documented miles on the odometer, fewer than 2,800 miles per-year on average, the level of care given the car over its life is evident throughout. The Carfax history report notes the car was cited as a “total loss vehicle/non-collision damage”) in 2010, 11 years ago. Such a declaration can be made by an insurance company for a number of reasons, but Carfax provides no further clarifying data. Whatever the cause, the car was apparently re-purchased from the insurance company by the same owner, and whatever issue was corrected. Over the past 11 years, the car has accumulated mileage without recorded difficulty. The car’s current condition is excellent.

The exterior metallic burgundy paint shows even gloss across the entire body, including the hood with its functioning louvers and air scoop, sleek fastback roof, and short rear deck. There are no dings or dents in the sheet-metal panels. Wide, black, lower-body molding (which meets matching trim on the bumpers) is well-maintained, free of damage or fading. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) Panel gaps are excellent (a tribute to Japanese manufacturing processes at the time), and panel alignment is likewise proper. Window glass-including the large rear hatch glass-and lighting lenses-including the large rear taillight panels-are free of cracks and imperfections. Factory badging-the circular “Z” hood emblem, and the “Datsun 280ZX by Nissan” emblems on the front fenders and rear deck-are in place. Factory original, 6-spoke 14-inch alloy wheels (with “Z” center caps) are mounted with GoodYear® 195/70 tires.

Inside, the striking red interior is a vintage Eighties look. Patterned red velour bucket-seat upholstery is free of rips or tears, and in remarkable condition overall. The same holds true for the red carpeting extending through the full cabin and cargo area. Door panels, the car’s dashboard, and its steering wheel all display an excellent look and feel. The full complement of gauges, characteristic of the Z-cars, is in place and functional. The car’s factory radio and HVAC controls remain in place. A 5-speed-manual-transmission shifter is mounted on the console, forward of a useful storage compartment.

Under the hood, the 2.7 liter inline 6-cylinder overhead-cam Datsun engine is complete, with all components and “plumbing” properly located. (The throaty engine note can be sampled by way of the link to the startup-and-walk-around video available on the GarageKeptMotors site.) The engine bay is clean and tidy without over-detailing. Viewed from below, the car’s chassis shows generalized surface rust but no indication of body-panel rust. Original factory-mounted data and identification tags are still in place.


Price: $19,900

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Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States