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Did you see that '81 turbo for $2,500?  Montgomery/Houston area CL.

That would be a fun car.

WOW, prices have gone through the roof on Zs lately.  Didn't realize how much they are asking for basic 280. :wacko:

I bought my '77 for $1,200 in 2011 and spent another $1,000 on it.  Looks like now I would ask $12,000 to $15,000 for it.  Stocks and bonds, meh, not me.

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As an aside, you could also do a search for 280zx and it would provide the same graph so you could see what range the zx cars are trading for too

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12 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Did you see that '81 turbo for $2,500?  Montgomery/Houston area CL.

That would be a fun car.

WOW, prices have gone through the roof on Zs lately.  Didn't realize how much they are asking for basic 280. :wacko:

I bought my '77 for $1,200 in 2011 and spent another $1,000 on it.  Looks like now I would ask $12,000 to $15,000 for it.  Stocks and bonds, meh, not me.

 

 

For some reason, that one went totally under the radar for me. Not in love with the color, but don't hate it. The problem I'm finding is that CL pictures are not high definition. You see about a million more wrong things as soon as you see something in person. Houston is not far. Would be a cheap flight if it could drive back.

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9 minutes ago, Patcon said:

https://bringatrailer.com/datsun/280z/

This has sales data for the 280z. This does not mean you couldn't come across a deal on Craigslist. If you hold your cursor over the dot on the graph it will link through to the ad for each car, so you can see condition

Thank you for that. I will do some digging. They have gone crazy in price. I remember seeing a Z on the road maybe 2 years ago. Looked on CL and what looked like decent examples were going to maybe 5k then. Suddenly they are all 10K plus cars. There are a couple of rough ones near me for 5K but I would have to buy knowing that a full teardown/rust repair/repaint was in the future for me. I could take my time in my garage, but still.

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You're welcome. When the early cars started getting expensive that drove all the other cars up in price.

I buy a good many cars off of online auctions and the pictures there are the same way. I always assume the car has twice as much wrong as you can see in the pictures. Sort of like the girl across the room, many of them look better at a distance too! LOL

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Two of those cars have real promise

The 79' was cheap but would need more pics and check for rust.

The 82 ZXt looks like a lot of fun and looks pretty clean

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42 minutes ago, Johnny Danger said:

This one looks like fun, all of the same problems as the previous car, but probably more rust. But at least it's an S30.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/d/1975-datsun-280z/6695505530.html

That's got potential. The body seems to be unmodified. Rust is the big enemy there. Check the rocker panels, qtrs, wheel wells, doglegs, floor boards, frame rails, rear hatch latch area above the tail lights and under the battery. Some areas are more serious than others. I would expect some rust but not too much...

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Not sure but it looks like it might have one of those "crap my wheel just fell off" rolled up rear quarters.  Something seems to be missing.  Maybe hiding it with the motorcycle handle bar.

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Good call. It looks like the picture just after it shows the other side and it's just getting totally washed out with the light. It's an hour away from me, but my weekend is kind of shot. If I go see it and rust is minimal, I might have to have it.

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