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Welcome to Found Around Town, where we feature cars we find in a city where interesting ones are rare because everyone drives a Prius or rides a bicycle: Austin, Texas. » 10/14/12 9:00am 10/14/12 9:00am

See The Story Behind One Man's Lifelong Datsun Obsession

After a several month hiatus Josh Clason's Depth of Speed is back with another fantastic video profiling one man's deep love of all things Datsun. » 5/19/12 9:00am 5/19/12 9:00am

Dreaming of someday with the 1982 Datsun 280ZX

Most car lovers are familiar with the sensation detailed in this 1982 Datsun commercial, even if the object of their "someday dreams" isn't a 280ZX. » 11/12/11 9:00am 11/12/11 9:00am

For $7,000, It’s the Parting of the Red Z

If your Z is old enough to sport a Datsun badge, it's also likely to sport some replacement parts. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe 280 rocks the D, but is it more than the sum of its parts? » 8/19/10 8:00am 8/19/10 8:00am

Want To Buy A Porn Star's Hot-Rodded Nissan?

Adult film star Peter North is selling his Stillen-modified, 516-hp Nissan 300ZX on eBay. The car has 15,000 miles on it. We'll let you make your own jokes with this one. [eBayMotors] » 7/20/10 4:00pm 7/20/10 4:00pm

1978 Datsun 280Z

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Here's one of the nicest street-driven 280Zs I've seen in a while. » 5/23/10 9:00am 5/23/10 9:00am


Today's Question of the Day asked at what point does the turd enter the punchbowl of car customization? For your consideration we present the "Wildest Custom Z On The Planent." Our be-mulleted alter-ego kinda loves this thing. » 5/04/10 2:00pm 5/04/10 2:00pm

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

Toy Cars On Toy Tokyo Streets In Epic Stop-Motion Action Movie

This stop-motion movie's plot is harder to figure out than a Michael Bay flick, but luckily the toy-car-on-toy-car action is even more epic. Who knew toy soldiers were such good drivers? » 12/11/09 10:30am 12/11/09 10:30am

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

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

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

Team DDT's 280Z Survives Day One... Barely

Since we're looking hard at the Datsun Z as a potential Team Jalopnik car for the May race at Altamont (though the Renault Fuego Turbo is the current favorite, followed closely by the Dodge Mirada), we've been following the progress of Team DDT's '79 280Z with great interest. They spent much of Day One among the top… » 12/30/07 9:30am 12/30/07 9:30am

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