Time for tea? Datsun does Movember

We love gold....
We love gold....
Well, ladies and gentlefolk, Movember is almost at a close, and we hope that you have either raised feverishly or given generously in support of the month where gents cultivate their finest moustaches in aid of charidee.

We doubt, however, that many of you will have been fortunate enough to either admire or sport a 'tache of a quality equal to that of the fine lip-warmer in this 1980 Datsun advert.

This is not the 'tache you're looking for...
This is not the 'tache you're looking for...
Presumably the director of the advert chose his male lead in order to distract viewers from the fact that the car in question - the Datsun 280ZX 'Black Gold' - was, er, a bit rubbish.

"Very few will possess its limited number," crows the voiceover guy, describing a car that is "so lavishly appointed it has virtually no options".

Of course no amount of kit, dodgy paintwork or disco-tastic moustaches could disguise the fact that this car, which celebrated 10 years since the iconic 240Z first burst onto the scene, had become a slow, flabby shadow of the original Z car.

But we bet the advert (or should we say commercial?) raised a lot of money for Movember...


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  • black gold man 02 Dec 2011

    I do have the rare black gold in the garage. And two other z cars.
    Back in the day the old man had balck gold new.


    Edited by black gold man on Friday 2nd December 15:37

  • S11EPS 01 Dec 2011

    My dad actually had one of these - not a gold edition, a regular job (although it did have a two-tone paint job - all black with a silver bonnet). I remember being in the Datsun showroom when he collected it brand new.

    As a 7 year old in 1982 (who was an avid Knight rider fan) having your dad drive a black 'sports car' with T tops was just too exciting for words.

    This was replaced 2 years later by the newer (but still hugely cack, by modern standards) Z31 shape 300zx.
    Being a light metallic blue it was a step backwards in terms of colour, but it gained 'pop-up headlamps' which, by my 9 year old's quality standards made it one of the best cars available!

    Suffice to say, my standards are a little higher now.

  • Munich 01 Dec 2011

    My best friend's dad had a 280ZX about 15 years ago. He had it painted in a horrid light blue colour with a awful old fashioned bodykit graphed on!

  • J4CKO 01 Dec 2011

    CypherP said:
    Instantly made me think of this:

    I was lookign for that, its Dodgeball isnt it, I was thinking Starsky and Hutch, but its bang on !

  • Crazy Torque 01 Dec 2011

    I think the time between early '70's and mid '90's almost ALL cars were pretty crap - what passed for a sports car was a hatchback with alloys and about 15bhp extra. Companies like TVR, Ferrari, Triumph etc all forgot how to make cars (308 with 240bhp, TVR's going from Yank 5ltr's to 2 litre engines). 150BHP TR6's became 100BHP TR7's, Mini Cooper's became Mini GT's.

    Then things got better, some moustached guy had the idea to fit the biggest cheapest engines possible, Ferrari discovered turbos, and Ford made the Mother of All Hot Hatches and went racing.

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