You Have to Hear this Gas Turbine Powered Datsun 280ZX Rat Rod

Normally, we are not in favor of customizing classic cars but this time we are going to make an exception, first because there are still plenty of Datsun 280ZX coupes out on the road and second because this conversion is truly cool and unique.

You may notice the Knight Rider-style hub caps or the matte black finish and those rocket inspired (or is that Madonna’s Vogue bra?) headlamp replacements, but what really sets apart this 1983 Datsun 280ZX is well hidden under its bonnet.

What the owner of this car did is to replace the original straight-six gasoline engine with a Garret GTP Gas Turbine Engine!

“The stock straight 6 banger was removed and a Garret GTP series turboshaft engine moved into the neighborhood,” explains the owner. “The engine is a mild and tamed horsepowered unit, producing 210 shp. Not overly aggressive or fuel hungry yet gets the job done. Sounds like 1000 hp and people will just nod and smile no matter what you tell them.”

If you don’t believe him, then just turn up the volume of your speakers and head past the break to watch the video.

The gas turbine-powered Datsun 280ZX is listed on eBay for $16,000.

Thanks to Jim for the tip!




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