Beer Run Racer: 1982 Datsun 280ZX

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This 1982 Datsun 280ZX is a former race car with lots of history and famous driver ties. In addition to starting life as a showroom stock race car, the Datsun spent 20 years in hiding at a technical school as part of their shop program. It has recently been unearthed following its school stagnation, and looks like a great platform for the next owner. You can check out the ex-race car here on eBay where there are five days left and one bid to $3,000.

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This Datsun pictured here in full race livery is the one driven by Bob Leitzinger, who is a well known IMSA driver and father to Butch Leitzinger, who races today for the Dyson Racing Team in the ALMS. The Datsun for sale on eBay shares a remote connection to the Leitzinger clan, as Bob did two endurance races in the Z, along with a family friend. The seller had plans to make the eBay car a tribute to Leitzinger’s CP Championship Datsun 280 ZX, but those plans never materialized due to too many projects.

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As you can see, the Datsun is set up for racing, from the roll cage down the race tires. The SCCA IT-spec motor was rebuilt and has very few track miles on it since re-installation. In fact, the gentleman the seller bought the car from only used it for a few track days and for making beer runs into town! I love the idea of driving a race car for errand-running, complete with numbers on the doors and fat slicks in the wheel wells. According to the seller, this 280ZX has been a race car since new, starting out in SCCA showroom stock racing.

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Interestingly, the Datsun retains its power windows and mirrors, two excesses I thought would surely be deleted in a track car. Now the beer run scenario is starting to make more sense, as having to detach race car window netting in the drive-through seemed like a pain in the neck! I don’t know if the Leitzinger ties will help move this car to a new home, but it is an interesting connection. I more dig the idea that this is a nearly turnkey race car that appears to have money spent in the right places, with the added bonus of being able to tell people you own Bob’s old race car.

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Comments

  1. Dolphin Member

    I remember seeing Leitzinger race, altho not in this car. That would have been in IMSA.

    This is the second race car I know of that was donated to a high school/tech school for the students to look at and maybe take apart. The first one was a Ferrari GTO that was donated to a high school automotive shop in Texas. After that it ended up out in a field near the school. From there it got restored and is now worth about $38,000,000, the going price for a restored GTO. I don’t think this ZX will sell for that much.

  2. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    Dolphin, I’ll add one more race car to that list–“Le Taxi”, the Paul Newman Triumph 2500/2.5 PI sedan that was prepared for SCCA racing but never raced. Donated to a community college and only recently “rescued”.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115471290043093657458/LeTaxiPaulNewmanS2500TC

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