1982 Datsun 280zx – Nissan gave the 280ZX a facelift in 1982, with revised NACA ducting in the hood, new alloy wheels, a revised B-pillar garnish, new pin-stripe style tail-lights, and rubber bumper over-riders replaced the earlier model’s chrome and rubber items. The bumpers were now also body coloured and wrapped around further. Interior changes were minor but included new seat trim styling. The 1982 model also was the first to offer the popular voice warning system, which warned the driver when the headlights were left on after the vehicle was turned off, if the parking brake was on while the vehicle was in motion, and many others. This facelifted model has since come to be called the “Series II” 280ZX. Power steering became standard equipment with a new rack-and-pinion system, rather than recirculating ball. Changes were made to the rear suspension layout, which also meant the exhaust pipe now exited from the left, rather than right-hand side. The rear brake calipers and rotors were also changed and the drive shafts (half shafts) were upgraded from universal joints to constant velocity joints on certain models.
Almost 64k 280zx models rolled off the assembly line in 1982 and of the 13 colors that were available, we think the French Beige examples are the most striking of them all. When you combine the colors, body lines, and the sexy voice-activation feature ….. you can’t get more “80’s!”. It’s to believe such an awesome sports car has been on the road for almost 40 years and it’s even harder to believe an outstanding example such as this can still be found with under 74k miles! As we do with all new arrivals, this Datsun was the subject of a 50 mile test drive. This 280zx drove great and everything worked like it should. We couldn’t find any mechanical needs and the new BF Goodrich tires really made for a smooth ride. The red cloth buckets are still very comfortable and the overall interior shows only minimal wear. T-tops on the Z feature VIN etchings and come with the original vinyl storage bags. A complete list of features and options includes; 2.0L Inline 6 Cyl, Auto, A/C, T-Tops, Factory AM/FM/Cassette, Power Windows/Locks/Mirrors, Center Console Storage, Cruise Control, Cloth Floormats, Owners & Shop Manuals, Tinted Windows, 14″ Factory Alloy Wheels, and thick BF Goodrich (Raised White Letter) Radial T/A’s! The 80’s and 90’s vehicles are really already classics and we are seeing them increase rapidly in value. Now is the time to acquire the best examples available and start enjoying the most fun investments money can buy!