Kidney, Anyone? Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition, Number 1 of 3000

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Automakers often release limited edition cars, but it’s not necessarily enthusiasts or collectors who buy them. More often than not, they’re simply snatched up by buyers who need a new set of wheels. Which begs the question: what happens to, say, number 1 of 3000 thirty years later? Does it get totaled in a crash, end up as scrap, or is it languishing in a backyard somewhere?

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In the case of the 10th Anniversary Datsun 280ZX, it’s sitting pretty on eBay with only 1052 miles. And judging from the garage full of Nissans and their associated memorabilia, including what appears to be a pretty mint 240Z, this car is owned by a bona fide Nissan nut.

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In 1980, Nissan released 3000 limited edition Datsun 280ZXs to commemorate the Z-car’s 10th anniversary. 2500 wore the infamous Black Gold paint scheme while 500 were decked out in a similar Black Red pattern. Each had an engraved plaque denoting the serial number and this one was the very first.

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From the photos and auction description, the car seems flawless. It’s even shod with the original Goodyear Wingfoot tires. According to the seller the previous owner, head of a Texas Nissan dealership, put only 927 miles on it over 20 years of ownership. In the five years this seller’s had it, it’s lived in a climate controlled garage.

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All the photographic proof is there. A trip to Duluth, Georgia and a starting bid of $35,000 would put you one step closer to ownership, but who knows what the reserve is. So we ask, kidney, anyone?

[via Autoblog]

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16 Responses to Kidney, Anyone? Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition, Number 1 of 3000

  1. colink says:

    wow what a superb example and well worth a kidney

  2. Sr-FairladyZ says:


  3. Nigel says:

    Kidney and half a liver I would say.

  4. Duluth GA! didn’t expect that. if anyone needs a local to go check it out, call on me. i’d love to have an excuse to look.

  5. Jeremy Reeves says:

    Wow, just wow.


  6. zukiru says:

    my suby came from duluth.

    I imagine there are a few treasures buried there.

  7. vballin says:

    I’ve got a kidney, half a liver, and a lung!

  8. Neil says:

    Wow! What do you do with a car like that tho. It would just become a decoration, i couldn’t drive it.

    Check out what else is in his garage in the second pic O.O

  9. Jimbo says:

    Holy Cow!!!! Good thing it is not easy to give up a kidney, as I would be all out by now. I want it!

  10. CLe4R says:

    I’d clone it from a 280z needing attention… and then drive it. I think cars should be driven, not stored. I love the look of this car, though.

  11. Elia Castañeda says:

    I loved my 280ZX – # 137 of 3,000. I had to sell it because my in laws came to stay with us, and we needed a bigger car. I don’t have 35,000.00 but I do have 20,000.00 if your willing to part with it. I also have a kidney to give if you need. Please let me know if you want to make a deal. My in laws are no longer living with me.

  12. Billy says:

    Great looking Z. I own #798 with more miles on it but restored. 2,000 bins in 10 yrs driven it.

  13. Robert R Wagner says:

    I just gave my one owner Datsun 280ZX to my son in Corinth MS. It is number 15. Greatest car ever!!!

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  15. Jay soder says:

    Sodomize me

  16. Pamela says:

    My brother died last year and left behind the 10 year anniversary Datsun 1980 280zx in gold and black, it was.
    garage kept for 30 years, now its been sitting, covered upin his backyard, i am looking to find a good home for it. I li e in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles CA. Not sure where to start on selling this type of car, it’s in great condition !

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