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Here's what happens when an old Japanese car parks near the ocean.

Once a sporty status symbol, this 1981 Datsun 280ZX spent too many years parked near the Pacific and rusted from the top down.


A few weeks ago, we bid a fond happy 40th anniversary to the automotive dark ages of 1973-84 that have come to be known as "The Malaise Era" – the performance ice-age when 160 horsepower was a lot and a 0-60 time of under 10 seconds was remarkable. Like music in the 1980s, everything in automobiledom didn't suck, however. There were a few bright spots. Here are five of our favorites: