Datsun is an automobile brand of the multinational automaker, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. The Japanese company is known for building exceptionally reliable and relatively inexpensive automobiles under its Datsun brand.
After releasing various automobiles, Datsun began producing the Z series of its sports car in 1978. Replacing the S30 series, it was one of the more affordable sports cars which compared to other competitors from its time, seemed to focus more on the beauty and comfort of the driver. Any fan of Japanese sports cars would undoubtedly see the value of the Datsun Z series.
Fairly quickly, after the Z Series went into production, sales peaked at over 40,000 worldwide. Following this, Nissan started releasing various limited editions of the Z series to mark each key milestone.
What makes the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Datsun 280ZX better?
One of the special limited editions made by Nissan is the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Datsun 280ZX, which has been described by many as a collectible car and surprisingly is still a sought-after collector’s item to this day!
The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Datsun 280ZX had so much in common with other 280ZXs produced before it, but Nissan made sure that some things about this automobile stood out. And in our opinion, its unique design is its best feature. Everything about its exterior appearance is undoubtedly a “killer”, starting with the special paintwork which has given it a lot of people’s attention to other nice features, which sets it apart from previous models.
It had an impressive exterior design
The anniversary edition of the Datsun 280ZX had the vehicle design style of the late 1970s, when cars were still curvy but starting to have a box-like appearance. It also had the sharp angles and accents of the 80s.
With only 3,000 copies manufactured, this two-door coupe was available in two different colors; Nissan manufactured 2,500 units with a black and gold paint scheme and 500 units with a red and black paint scheme. The combination of the golden sides and the red paints did the magic – and it was a ‘head-turning’ feature for many.
To make this journey even more unique, distinctive and better for each of its owners, the Nissan group has decided to include a dashboard plate with a specific edition number on each of the 3,000 cars produced; the problem that most owners had with this, however, was the rusting of the metal plates in the cars.
The cars retained the strategically placed Z badge on their hood, adding to their beauty, and were also embellished with the 280ZX 10th anniversary logo in several places. The tires on the black and gold painted edition were gold plated on the inside and had white lettering on them, and items that were made optional on the 280ZX turbo were fitted as standard on its 10th anniversary edition. He maintained the headlights, headlamp washers and large taillights of the 280ZX series.
A notable feature of the 280ZX was its leak-prone T-roof configuration, which would count as a panoramic sunroof these days.
However, the 10th anniversary edition of the Datsun 280ZX retained many of the features of the original – the 280ZX. It is a comfortable car that was designed to have more space than the S30. It was plush and filled with the new accessories of its day, leading to its interior features.
Inside the Datsun 280ZX Anniversary Edition
The Special Edition was offered with 2- and 4-seater options and had admirable beige leather seats that ensured driver and passenger comfort. The original gold carpet extends across the floor of the car.
The dashboards have retained the three odd circle-shaped gauges in the middle, which some users consider to be beauty. The dashboard itself was covered with a plastic coating, preventing corrosion, and had the regular odometer, which displays its mileage and fuel gauge. These characteristics quite; the leather seats, the sophisticated stereo system, the Hitachi cassette player, the four-speaker audio system, the special design of the Z-brand steering wheel and the automatic climate control were considered luxury at the time.
Interior features also included disc brakes, power steering, power windows and mirrors and could ideally smooth out the curves compared to its competition. Its power was transmitted via a 5-speed manual gearbox, which would lead to its performance.
Engine and performance
This two-door hatchback-style coupe is a performance car from the late 1970s. It was initially powered by a 2.8-liter in-line 6 cylinder, producing 132 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque; this could drive the car from 0-100 km / h in 9.6 seconds which is very slow compared to the current standard except that it is heavily modified.
The Z series was in production for about five years and was later replaced by the Nissan 399ZX in 1984. With the 10th anniversary edition, these cars were very reliable automobiles in their day and still are today.
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