1980 Datsun 280ZXS

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. We've only seen one Alameda 280ZX in this series, so we're due!

1980 Datsun 280ZXS


We've also had a 1971 240Z and a 1978 280Z (both of which get regular driving time), though the ZXs are much more common on the island. We're also seeing quite a few in California 24 Hours Of LeMons races, which means you can buy 'em cheap. Plus, we already know they have the pulsing power of a fuel-injected soul!

1980 Datsun 280ZXS


In 1980, you got a Malaised-out 138-horsepower L28 engine in your 280ZX, which weighed 2,786 pounds. The price tag for the base hatchback: $9,899, versus the $7,121 price you'd pay for a new 1980 Camaro Z28, which had a slightly better power-to-weight (190 horsepower/3,381 pounds) but much more primitive suspension and brakes. Which would you have purchased?

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS

1980 Datsun 280ZXS


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