1981 Datsun 280ZX

For 1981, the Datsun 280ZX received a compression ratio change resulting in a boost of horsepower to 145 BHP. The car came in both two seater and 2+2 trim. Standard equipment and options remained unchanged, including the T-top.

The base engine in the 280ZX was a six-cylinder 168 cubic-inch unit that produced 145 horsepower. With the addition of the AiResearch turbocharger, horsepower rose to 180. Both had a five speed manual gearbox and four-wheel disc brakes. The turbo could race from zero-to-sixty in just 7.1 seconds with top speed just under 90 mph.

Datsun produced 1,864,251 vehicles for 1981 with 464,806 being sent to the United States.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2011

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1981 280ZX
$17,000-$162,550
1981 Datsun 280ZX Price Range: $11,300 - $17,000

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Datsun
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)521,902
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)470,246
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)464,806
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)516,890
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)472,252
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)339,364
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)488,217
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)270,103

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