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1978 Datsun 280Z Black Pearl 4-Speed

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1978 Datsun 280Z Black Pearl 4-Speed

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  • Lot #32730
  • Seller: roadscholars1
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina 27703
  • Chassis: HLS30-444371
  • 18k Miles Shown
  • Numbers-Matching 2.8L L28 Inline-Six
  • Bosch L-Jetronic Fuel Injection
  • 4-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Black Pearl Metallic
  • Black Interior
  • Factory 14" Wheels w/ Hubcaps
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Window Sticker
  • 1978 Sales Paperwork
  • Factory Manuals
  • Service Records
  • Private Party or Dealer: Dealer
  • Additional Charges From This Dealer: $0
  • Model Page: Datsun 280Z
    Category: Japanese

Remembering The Datsun 10th Anniversary 280ZX Black Gold

This legend is a sought-after collectible today.

For Japanese sports car enthusiasts, one of the more desirable models from before the raucous 1990s is the 1980 Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition. It marked an important milestone for the Nissan Z Car, which is miraculously still in production today and looks to be continuing into the future, despite the popularity of sports cars waning recently.

Back in 1969 the original Datsun Z hit the market. Nissan wisely decided to not use the Fairlady name in North America, which surely would have not gone over well with consumer here. Instead of the name turning heads, it was the sexy design combined with a low price and the promise of solid reliability that really got Americans talking. Many viewed it as an accessible sports car, instead of one which required constant repairs.

With the Datsun Z’s popularity having built over the previous decade, the brand decided to celebrate with a 10th Anniversary Edition for the 1980 model year. Only 3,000 were made, and each one had a numbered dash plaque, so many of the enthusiasts who snatched the cars up knew they were something special.

To visually set these 10th Anniversary Edition cars apart from other 280ZXs, Datsun gave each a two-tone paint scheme. A black and red scheme was applied to 500 of the cars, while the more popular black and gold was used on the remaining 2,500. As you can see in the video accompanying this post, such a combination was considered pretty exciting for its time.

Even though the Datsun Z was considered an economical sports car, for the 10th Anniversary Edition the company decided to include decidedly luxurious, upscale equipment as standard. This meant leather upholstery, hi-fi stereo equipment, tinted T-bar roof, and headlight washers came with each car. Plus there were commemorative wreath decals on the front fenders and a golden Z hood badge.

As you can see in the commercial, this was a beast of its time. Not only does the couple have the characteristic feathered hair, the man is also sporting quite the moustache. Keep in mind this was the same year the Dallas was the top TV show and “Call Me” by Blondie was the number one hit on Billboard.

This was also the first and last special edition Z Car to wear a Datsun badge.

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eBay Find of the Day: 1980 Datsun 280ZX Black Gold #1

1980 Datsun 280ZX Black Gold #1 - click image above for photo gallery

There's a great Sam Kinison routine that goes something like this: the problem with cocaine is that it ends one of three ways. You die, you go to jail or you run out coke. Of course, there's a fourth possibility -- you buy a Black Gold Datsun 280ZX! Only, we'd hardly consider the latter a "problem." Besides, if you buy this Black Gold you're Pablo Escobar, king of all that is 1980s. Why? Because it's ichiban, baby: Black Gold #1!

Ah, but you were born when Reagan was president, and you don't remember the 80s, let alone Black Gold. We're here to help. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Z, Nissan Datsun released 2,500 Black Gold 280ZXs, along with 500 Black Red cars. While they were little more than trim packages -- special paint, leather seats, lots of decals stating "10th Anniversary," and a couple of numbered plaques -- Black Golds are nonetheless hugely desirable. Especially when those numbered plaques all say "1 of 3000."

That's right -- the very first Black Gold. This baby is just sitting there on eBay waiting for you to snatch her up. Currently, the first bid is for $35,000 -- reserve hella not met! Now you might be thinking, "being 1 of 3000 is pretty special, but it's not greater-than-$35,000 special." And that's where you're wrong. This Black Gold has but 1,052 miles on it. We get press cars with fifteen times as much mileage. It's a brand new car! As working car journalists, we can't hardly afford the long distance phone call to Georgia to bug the poor seller half to death, let alone go any higher than thirty-five large. Here's hoping you can.

Still not getting the whole Black Gold/Datsun/Cocaine trifecta? A bit confused about the awesomeness of T-tops and the double-triple awesomeness of a stainless steel 8-track? Then you must watch the unbelievably amazing commercial that Datsun used to actually air on the TV back in 1980, immediately following "Vote for Reagan" spots. Seriously, you won't believe your eyes after the jump, and here's hoping you don't have to pass any drug tests for the next little while. Talk about a contact high... Thanks to Tyler for the heads-up.


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Junkyard Gem: 1980 Datsun 280ZX Black Red 10th Anniversary Edition

Datsun's Z-Car turned 10 years old in 1980 (in North America), and so Nissan decided to celebrate by selling a small run of limited-edition 280ZXs commemorating that anniversary. 2,500 Black Gold 10th Anniversary cars were made, plus another 500 Black Red cars. I managed to find a discarded Black Gold 280ZX in California, way back in 2009, and I ran across this Black Red 280ZX last fall in Colorado.

We've all seen the incredibly coke-plus-Quaaludes-plus-disco-violins TV commercial for the Black Gold 10th Anniversary 280ZX, of course, and it remains one of the greatest car commercials ever made (though I think it doesn't quite touch the white-powdery zenith achieved by the "Cocaine Factory" ad for the 1985 Plymouth Turismo Duster, and then we must consider the James-Bond-on-Mars JDM ad for the 1982 Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo while we're on the subject).

So, we have one of just 500 Black Red 10th Anniversary 280ZXs ever made right here, surrounded by cars with much less historical significance. Yet more automotive proof that rare does not always equal valuable.

The sun has blasted the crap out of the paint and interior and the odometer reading just barely tops the 150k-mile mark, so I think this car broke decades ago and sat outside in Colorado until just recently. Note the secondary fuel gauge showing the final quarter-tank, a nice Nissan feature of the first half of the 1980s. Someone had already grabbed the phonograph-based "talking car" box before I got here, sadly.

The underhood emissions sticker shows that it's a California low-altitude car rather than a "49-state" car, so it migrated east at some point after being sold in the Golden State (it's also possible that Nissan shipped California-spec cars to dealerships around the country).

All the 10th Anniversary cars came with a full helping of luxury features, including the leak-prone T-Top roof setup so coveted during the Middle Malaise Era.

In 1980, the 280ZX got a 2.8-liter straight-six rated at 132 horsepower. The following year, Datsun shoppers could buy a 280ZX Turbo with 180 horses, which was very impressive stuff for that era.

Just as the Black Gold 280ZX came with gold paint and a black hood, the Black Red 280ZX got red paint and a black hood. This car's paint had faded to more of an orange shade by the time I got to it, but try to imagine what it looked like when it was new.

The 240Zs, 260Zs, and 280Zs can be worth restoring, even when in rough condition (though I still find some in junkyards anyway), but a thrashed 280ZX — even a limited-edition one (or a JDM Fairlady Z, for that matter) — just doesn't command the kind of value needed to warrant a major investment. The same math applies to the 50th Anniversary (of Nissan) Edition 300ZX of 1984, even though that car came with the amazing "butt-thumper" Bodysonic seat speakers.

The Japanese-market TV commercials for this car had a soundtrack that was more cop-movie than disco.

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