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1981 Datsun 280zx 2+2

1981 Datsun 280zx here, get your Z cars here! This 280ZX we spotted is the 2+2 version, which extends the standard 280zx look to accommodate 2 seats in the back – but who the heck needs those! Also a shame with this generation of the ZX models, is that they became much softer, heavier compared to the previous 260 and 240 models.  Screw handling and driving feel, Americans demanded refinement and comfort! None-the-less, we enjoy seeing this car parked on the street and want to share it with you.

Sorry for the lapse in posts. I have been working on a Netlfix Show that is really sapping all of my free time and energy.

And check out some other Z’s we’ve spotted:

1976 Datsun 280z

1980 Datsun 280ZX – 10th Anniversary

1980 Datsun 280zx

Cheers!

 

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1976 Datsun 280z

Spotted this Datsun 280z with louvers in Echo Park.  I have always been a fan of the styling of the Datsun Z line from the 1970’s. These have really skyrocketed in price in recent years, reaching into the $10,000 to $20,000 plus range for well preserved examples.

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1980 Datsun 280ZX – 10th Anniversary

The unofficial theme this week has been grungy, worn down cars here on LACS.  Take for example this lovely 1980 Datsun 280ZX.  This particular example of fine automotive engineering is the 10th Anniversary edition so it is a TRUE collectors car. Take note how it is parked up front in a “Clean Air” parking spot, as it justly deserves. The emission standards in 1980 were TOP notch.

Take my sarcasm with a grain of salt and have a great Valentines day (if you’re into that). Enjoy

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January 2018 Hodgepodge

The first end of month hodgepodge of 2018 and it is … well… not much.  I didn’t have a chance to get out and go spotting much this month with work consuming all but 1 week this month. Enjoy

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End of Year Hodgepodge – 2017 Finale

Well that’s a wrap to the 2017 car spotting year. It’s been a fun year and we have spotted tons of cool cars and trucks.

This is the hodgepodge of all hodgepodges.  Thanks for following along and I’ll see you in 2018 for another fantastic year!

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1980 Datsun 280zx

Up for viewing today is a perfect example of a 1980’s Japanese sports car creation.  Now let us all be honest with ourselves; the 80’s were a great time but emission standards and technology advancements were not favorable for the automotive industry.  Cars became bigger and slower; lethargic for a lack of a better word.  Looking back at sports cars from the 1980’s is sort of like looking at a well worn sock on the floor; you lament it’s stinky performance but it still has the intrinsic value of function and style – So you keep it around.

Other Datsuns we’ve spotted:

1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

1984 Nissan 720 Single Cab Pickup Truck

1974 Datsun B210 Coupe

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1984 Nissan 720 Single Cab Pickup Truck

Trucks are often featured less than cars on this site, but they deserve their time to shine.  This 1984 Nissan Single Cab Pickup is a fine example of boxy truck styling found in the 80’s and 90’s. This one has been modified tastefully and conjures up memories of Marty McFly’s Toyota Tacoma from the movie “Back to the Future” – the mild lift, chrome mags, roll bar and KC lights, etc… One thing I particularly like about this truck is the paint job, which I presume is from the factory.

 

Some information about the Nissan 720 PU:

The Datsun Truck is a compact pickup truck made by Nissan in Japan from 1955 through 1997. It was originally sold under the Datsun brand, but this was switched to Nissan in 1983. It was replaced in 1997 by the Frontier and Navara.
In 1980, Nissan introduced the Datsun 720 as successor to the 620. In the US, the 720 came in regular cab and “King Cab” models, with regular and long bed options with standard (GL), deluxe (DX), and “Sport Truck” (ST) trim packages, all of which had two doors. In addition, from 1984 to 1986 a covered utility body style like that of the first generation Toyota 4Runner was available as an aftermarket conversion by a company called Matrix3 called the Bushmaster. The Datsun 720 was available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations, the latter having a divorced transfer case. The long wheelbase 2WD trucks (King Cab, short bed, and regular cab, long bed) had a two-piece driveshaft with a center support bearing.
The 720 was assembled in the newly built Smyrna, Tennessee plant from the 1983.5 model year until 1986. However, Nissan of Mexico continued to build the pickup until 1991, 1992 being its last official model year. They were exported to the whole of Latin America.

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1974 Datsun B210 Coupe

Found this old Datsun parked on a side street in Glendale.  The temperature was an unpleasant 98 degrees that day and I would not want to drive around in something such as this Datsun which presumably has no A/C!  None-the-less, this Datsun B210 tug at my heartstrings so I had to take some pics of it. Enjoy.

Some info via Wikipedia:

The Datsun B-210 continued to be the fuel-economy leader in North America and it was one of the least expensive cars available. This was in part due to the light metal; small A13 or A14 engine with OHV technology and a very basic vinyl interior used in its construction. Introduced for 1974 with a 1.3-litre four, this was replaced by a larger and more powerful 1.4-litre version for 1975. This engine remained in use, continuing to be installed in the next generation B210. At the time, their body styles were popular with buyers – mainly the hatchback coupé as the sedans were considered by some to be less appealing.
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End of Month Hodgepodge – April

Here we are at the end of another month, and as per usual, we have our end of the month hodgepodge collection of photos.  It has been at least a week since I’ve posted and I have seen so many cool cars in passing without having a chance to photograph them! Here is a sampling of some vehicles that didn’t quite make the cut for a full length post but deserve a shout out. Enjoy!!