Alright readers, we have a conundrum on our hands, and we need your help. We’re going out on a limb, and some of us in the office think the car we’re about to show you is cool as hell, and definitely qualifies as a hot rod. Other people refuse to acknowledge the notion that anything other than the traditional definition of hot rod and of American origin could be a hot rod.
So we leave it in your hands readers. Is a flat-black, jet turbine-powered 1983 Nissan 280ZX considered a hot rod (discuss below in the comments section)? Or is it something else much, much crazier?
We came across this insane little Datsun on Bangshift from the RacingJunk.com crew, and the ad itself is definitely worth reading. Old Nissan Z cars have been turning up with domestic small-block V8s under the hood, and those little cars can scoot. But this here is a gas turbine-powered 280zx that the owner says has just 210 SHP (shaft horsepower), which actually sounds like 1,000 horsepower and we definitely believe him on that.
Then of course there is the flat-black paintjob, cone headlight covers, ejection seat stickers, and other little details that really make this Nissan quite the crowd pleaser. The asking pricing for this jet-powered classic? $16,000. The owner describes it as a rat rod, though not everybody here at the offices agrees. So readers, you tell us…is this the kind of hot rod stuff you want to see more of? Or is this kind of stuff heresy to “real” hot rods?