Why Datsun Should Make a Come Back

In the summer of 1988 my sister started dating some new guy. Like any younger brother I hated her boyfriend for merely existing, but that quickly changed when I saw what he was driving. I remember the first day I heard the exhaust note from his brown 280zx revving around the corner and barreling into our cul-de-sac. » 2/22/13 3:21pm 2/22/13 3:21pm

Experience The Sheer Brilliance Of The Talking Datsun 810 Maxima!

Last week Zac gave us a great look at new car features that are destined to get tired pretty quickly. Obviously, this is not the first time this has happened — car companies have a tendency to throw every new technology against the wall to see what sticks. » 12/08/12 9:00am 12/08/12 9:00am

Engine Swap Heroes: Datsun 280ZX Turbo Engine In Pontiac Firebird!

The small-block Chevrolet engine has proven to be one of the least reliable engines in 24 Hours of LeMons racing, but there's one that's even worse: the Nissan L28. Some teams see that as a challenge! » 7/10/10 2:00am 7/10/10 2:00am

Transplant a Turbo 280Z into Your Driveway for $8,500!

Nice Price or Crack Pipe thinks an engine transplant, like that of a heart, can go terribly wrong without the right donor. Here's a 280Z with the heart of a younger, stronger Nissan at a price you might not reject. » 1/27/10 7:30am 1/27/10 7:30am

LeMons Torture Test Results: Nissan Z Car

We've seen the miserable racetrack reliability of the 240Z/260Z/280Z/280ZX/300ZX at enough LeMons races to see the pattern, but the real surprise has been the large number of Zs that managed to keep running well enough to make the top third. Will a Z ever take the overall win? Doubtful… but anything can happen on a… » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

Why Don't Datsun Zs Dominate The 24 Hours Of LeMons?

It's a real head-scratcher: the Datsun/Nissan Z has plenty of six-banger power, independent rear suspension, four-wheel discs, good build quality… yet so far none has placed better than eighth in LeMons. Why is that? » 6/27/09 12:00pm 6/27/09 12:00pm

Striking Black Gold In The Junkyard

You figure it's a special junkyard day when you spot a full-on art car (not like the half-assed kind you usually see), so it came as no shock when I found another cool machine nearby.
» 3/28/09 1:00pm 3/28/09 1:00pm

The 24 Hours Of LeMons Texas Gator-O-Rama Über Gallery: The Japanese

Japanese cars made up nearly half the entries at the Gator-O-Rama, with 44 out of 95 vehicles coming from the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Miatas, Celicas, and RX-7s galore, of course, but that wasn't all. » 3/22/09 9:00pm 3/22/09 9:00pm

1980 Datsun 280ZX

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!
» 1/15/09 9:00am 1/15/09 9:00am

24 Hours Of LeMons Arse Freeze-A-Palooza Über Gallery: Awesome Datsuns,…

We've started to see quite a few 300ZXs at LeMons races, in addition to the usual crop of 280Zs and 280ZXs. For reasons we don't understand, the Zs haven't been so reliable at LeMons races; at some point, though, one of them is bound to dominate a race. We're also hearing rumors of a possible 510 at a future West… » 1/09/09 2:00pm 1/09/09 2:00pm

The Jalopnik Top 20 Vintage Datsun/Nissan Ads

First, we had our Top 20 Vintage Toyota ads. Now it's Nissan's turn. Here's our favorite ads from the 70s through the 90s, from North America and Japan. » 1/06/09 11:00am 1/06/09 11:00am

1982 Datsun 280ZX Turbo

We've seen 240Z and 280Z so far in this series, but how about the Late Malaise 280ZX? I see a few of them in my travels on the island, but this '82 280ZX Turbo kept catching my eye. It's been in the same spot in the West End for several months now and clearly hasn't moved for quite a while. However, it has 2008 tags,… » 3/05/08 9:00am 3/05/08 9:00am

A Very Jalopnik Craigslist Posting

Nothing says Jalopnik like the following Craigslist car ad, and not just because they follow our Craigslist Posting Guidelines. First, you've got a gold 1981 280zx, with T-Tops. Second, all sorts of work has been done to keep this car going. Third, the owner refers to the car as a "her." Fourth, you've got the very… » 2/18/08 5:15pm 2/18/08 5:15pm

Pulsing Power of a Fuel-Injected Soul, Plus T-Tops: 1980 Datsun 280ZX

It's not possible to feel Malaise when you hear lines like "The pulsing power of a fuel-injected soul nestled in the lap of genuine leather... and, for the first time, an open cockpit to the sky!" Well, that was the hope of Datsun's ad agency when they added this ad to the "Awesome" series. But wouldn't you rather… » 2/12/08 10:45am 2/12/08 10:45am

Drooool! 1,410-Mile 1982 Datsun 280ZX Turbo Sells For $29K

When you hear about an all-original old car with low miles, you figure the clock's going to be showing something like 30,000 miles. But 1,410 freakin' miles on a 26-year-old 280ZX Turbo? Between the time we heard about this car and the time we started writing this post, a buyer sprained all his fingers punching the… » 2/01/08 10:30am 2/01/08 10:30am

'81 Datsun ZX Turbo: You Own The Road!

Remember zero to 50 acceleration times, back when 60 was a forbidden speed? Well, the awesome '81 280ZX Turbo could do zero to 50 in 5.1 awesome seconds. Did we mention awesome? Bonus points for cheezy sound effects and use of a Hired Voice who sounds almost as macho as his Japanese counterpart. » 6/06/07 4:30pm 6/06/07 4:30pm

Opel Manta + 280ZX + Toyota Truck + Keyword Spam = $2000!

What do you do when you have three (barely) running project cars and no motivation to fix them? Put 'em all in one big deal and make a Craigslist package deal! We're looking at a '74 Opel Manta, an '80 Toyota pickup, and an '83 Datsun 280ZX here; sure, the photos are a bit uninformative (though numerous) and we must… » 6/01/07 12:30pm 6/01/07 12:30pm

Score In Cantonese With An Alhambra 280ZX Turbo!

Let's say it's 1983 and you're an enterprising Datsun dealer who wants to sell cars to the Cantonese-speaking population of Southern California. Do you spend the big bucks and hire the actors from the Black Gold ad? Hell, no! You spend 50 bucks to hire a couple of out-of-work porn actors, hit the Goodwill for their… » 5/22/07 6:00pm 5/22/07 6:00pm

Classic Ad Watch: Apple's Woz Thinks The Datsun 280-ZX Is Awesome!

Apple's "Other Steve" is a guy more well known for his elegance in programming than skill as a marketing man — I mean, for chrissake, the guy supposedly created the game "Breakout" in four days. Little did we know all he needed to give his former boss n' bud Steve Jobs a run for the title of Apple main marketing man,… » 12/06/06 3:05pm 12/06/06 3:05pm