• Aug 9, 2009
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.



[Source: eBay Motors]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoever wrote this I suspect is a heavy user of the crap he was praising and his bong is never lonely.
      The Dat sun Z was a true clunker and reason they changed their name to nissan as they thought that would fool us.
        spintiff
        • 2 Months Ago

        I used to work for the company. During training they informed us the real reason they changed the name to Nissan is because "datson" sounds too much like the Japanese word for "poor man". 

      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, straight out of Baby Boomerville. If that mustache didn't get you laid, Black Gold to the rescue.

      Thank God for the RX7.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The father of a friend of mine has a mint one of these, I think his has around 20k. He even admits its hardly the best Z car to drive, but he (his wife too) love the way it looks enough to have kept it since the 80s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I got to drive my uncle's 10th anni one this summer and is was surprisingly fun for 140hp. It is for sale if anyone in ontario wants it. Black/red, reply to this comment for more details.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always liked the Datsun Z cars (and as a kid my favorite Transformer was Bluestreak), but I much preferred the original 240-- it had cleaner, more classic lines and was mechanically simpler and lighter.

      This 280ZX is remarkably clean, but I couldn't help noticing the front bumper appears to be misaligned-- it sits much lower on the passenger side. I can't imagine it would have left the factory that way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice the Z collection in this guys garage? There is a silver (white in one photo) 240z and also what looks like a 260z as well. Not to mention a Nissan truck, this guy is Nissan all through and through.

      I myself have a '72 240z that needs some serious TLC and has been waiting for attention for the past 10 years while covered in my drive way. Got it in high school but have been spoiled by the novelties of a modern vehicle and just run the engine every few months. The Z is one awesome car though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of gold paint but it looks fantastic on this Z!
      What a time capsule car!!! I love it
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shiz-itty rear axle geometry. At 9/10 the outside wheel turns out, flipping you end for end.
      Ask Bob Sharp Racing about this POS.
      My 81 280ZX turbo was even worse.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's pretty. Thats all it needs to be.

        By the way Jonny, loving your articles. Fun stuff man.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I recommend you don't drive anything 20 years old that you got off ebay at 9/10s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My track car is a '73 heavy modded 240Z with a '82 turbo engine...outruns many of Subies and Mitsus. 180hp, 200ft lbs at the wheels; weights 2400lbs. Like the engine and closer ratio tranny from the ZX but not the chassis(too heavy) or suspension(too twitchy).

        The car shown is the first model of the zx and as was said the suspension had problems at speed...I think the fix was to relocate some of the connecting points.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a ZX, not a Z. It's a soft and bloated luxury vehicle. Blame the idiots in marketing. 240-260-280Z owners shun these as pretenders., not to mention they ruined the Daytona-like lines of the non-ZX body.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a heads-up, there is no 8-track in that car. From what I remember of my 1980 280ZX, they come with original cassette tape decks, and lo and behold, in the photo included, you can barely make out that it says cassette on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But there was one on the comercial ad
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wrong. That may look like an 8-track, but that is still the same Hitachi Dolby cassette deck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet Jed Clampett picks that baby up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ^
      ^ two trolls in a row... wait a minnit .. i am a troll too!! :LOLOLOLOLOLOL:

      let's face it folks... this is a 29 yr old machine, if has never moved further than a foot in car mileage terms, it is a limited edition machine... ( if you get no.1 of the first release of Scooby 555 WRXs .. i salut you) i think it is worth the 40 -50 grand... a piece of history.. even though the second gen Z is the beginning of the rot...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice
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