Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5k: Red on Red: 1984 Nissan 300ZX

The Z31 generation Z-car was badged as the 300ZX for the US market and sold extremely well from 1983 through 1989.  Today, the local craigslists across America are loaded with 300ZXs of various condition, but you can pickup a non-turbo low-mile survivor for almost nothing.  Find this 1984 Nissan 300ZX  here on eBay bidding for $2,565 with 2 days to go, located in Chico, CA.

In 1984 Nissan celebrated their 50th Anniversary of building automobiles with a special edition of their top of the line 300ZX sports car....this isn't one of them.  This is a simple non-turbo 300ZX with the manual transmission -- probably the cheapest new Z you could buy in 1984, and I find the simplicity somewhat endearing. 

Power comes from a 3.0 liter VG30E V6 that pushes out 160 horsepower (40 hp down from the turbo version) into a 5-speed manual gearbox.  The biggest problem with the non-turbo Z is that it gets compared to the turbo version where there is no contest.  However, if you compare it to other $3k priced 80s sports coupes, it starts to make more sense.

The interior is a about 50 different shades of red and pegs the Liberace meter to 10.  Actually, for a 30 year old car, it doesn't seem that bad on the inside from a wear/tear perspective.

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  1. Too bad today's manufacturers don't have the guts to make an interior like that today. Wow!

    1. Guts? Come on, the maroon wave that swept over car interiors in the early 80s is a trend better left behind.

    2. I'm getting tired of the sea of conformity in today's vehicles. Black or dark grey interiors and exterior colors in dark metallic grey, black or white.

    3. My last Alfa 156 had a red leather interior, thought with black and grey dash and carpets. Much like this. I loved it.


    4. Oh, yes, rub it in to those of us in the U.S. that haven't seen a new Alfa since 1995! :-) I bought a new 164L in 1991 that had an interior like this. Loved the tan leather.


    5. Gianni, I know it’s not a real Alfa but how do you feel about the Dodge Dart, which is on a modified version of the same platform on which the Giulietta is built and shares the 1.4 FIRE engine?

      That sounds funny as I write that; "What sort of motor you sportin' there? A fire engine"...."


  2. And on the topic of Z cars, their scion passed away at 105 on February 19.


    1. Thank you for highlighting this important moment in car history, Zach. On February 21, Yutaka "Mr. K" Katayama passed away. For many of us, he was a beacon of light and an inspiration. Rest peace – we’ll miss his presence tremendously.

      If any DTers are unaware of Mr. K, I implore you to do a little research. You'll be glad you did. The automotive landscape would be a much different tableau and he will be sorely missed.


  3. Did anyone else love "Blind Date" With Bruce Willis?

    1. Apart from Bruce himself? No.

    2. Finally! Some proof that DTers are let out of their cages once in a blue moon to see a movie. "Blind Date" was indeed a fun movie. Nice one, Sean Scott!


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