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

Team Scuderia Punk Rock Chef Gearing Up For Altamont

We're going to follow the exploits of some of the 24 Hours of LeMons teams that have members who comment here regularly, and today's team is Freds4HB's Scuderia Punk Rock Chef. They're going to be racing a 1977 Datsun 280Z, they're based in the East Bay, and apparently the "chef" part of their name is for real. I hope… » 3/11/08 4:00pm 3/11/08 4:00pm

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

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 have the … » 2/12/08 10:45am 2/12/08 10:45am

1978 Datsun 280Z

Six months since the last DOTS Datsun Z? What's going on here? Since they don't really rust here, I think the shortage of early Zs on the street has something to do with their hoon-friendly qualities; most of them were wrecked, blown up, or otherwise hooned to death. We know they can take a lot of punishment on the… » 2/06/08 9:30am 2/06/08 9:30am

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 Buy … » 2/01/08 10:30am 2/01/08 10:30am

Project Car Hell, Malaise Import Edition: Scirocco or 280Z?

We've talked a lot about the Malaise Era recently, with the hyper-Malaise '76 Mustang DOTS car earlier in the week and everything, so it's only right that we do a couple of performance-oriented imports of the era. Specifically, from 1977, the year of Never Mind The Bollocks. You'll be able to choose between the cars… » 11/22/07 5:30pm 11/22/07 5:30pm