Thursday, June 4, 2015

5k: Slushbox Shifted: 1992 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

The Z32 generation Nissan 300ZX was built at the height of the Japanese supercar madness, when typical Japanese caution was thrown out the window and cutting edge technology was king.  By the time it was discontinued (1996 for US market) the 300ZX was a $50k monster, but today they are as cheap and common as measles at Disneyland.  Find this 1992 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo here on eBay currently bidding for $5,627 with 3 days to go located in Dallas, TX.

In the same way that Disneyland wasn't the first kids amusement park (it was actually a blatant rip off of Children's Fairyland in Oakland), the 300ZX wasn't the first Japanese sport sedan laden with technology, but it was the first to get into the 90's sports car game, beating the 3000GT VR-4 and Mk IV Supra to the market by a year or two.  

The Z32 300ZX is powered by Nissan's VG30DETT engine, turbocharged and intercooled for 280 horsepower and 283 ft-lbs of torque when mated to an automatic transmission.

Of course we'd prefer a 5-spd 300ZX (like this one) but the cost of entry and condition makes this a tempting proposition.  How much can it cost to drop in a 5-speed?

See another relic of the 90s that screeches but doesn't stab people?


  1. Nice condition, and I remember that these cars were very capable. Amazingly, I find that I could live with the Automatic/Turbo combination more easily than I could put up with those damned mousey seat belts. Are the mounting points usually still in place to fit normal belts to a car from this unfortunate era?

    1. To my knowledge none of these ever came with the motorized belts.

      Most if not all of these were T-tops in the US (which I find highly unfortunate) and I don't think even the Japanese could have engineered a passive belt to maneuver its way around a foot-long hole in the roof.

    2. Ah, maybe I made an assumption. I thought belts mounted on the door were always mousey belts (I did not imbed the image because it is large):$_57.JPG

  2. This Z must be marvelous for cruising around in. Surely it would make a great freeway conveyance or a great GT for somebody who doesn't want to shift for themselves.

    British Car Week continues and here's my pick of the day; a 1963 Rochdale Olympic Phase 2 Coupe. My fellow world-weary seen-it-all nothing-surprises-them DTers will consider this sporty little fiberglass car with just as much disinterest as yesterday's dime-a-dozen Javan R1 ("You got the orange one? I picked up one in every color of the rainbow!"). Today's pick features an interior that comes with a side of spaghetti and is displayed lovingly in several out-of-focus images.


    Thanks for allowing me to hijack the thread, all of the fish and a parting question for you; do you think the Miata would even exist without the blueprint created by British sports cars?

    1. What's with the huge gap behind the front wheel? Excuse me sir, your frame is showing.

    2. 60s + British + fiberglass = you betcha.... ;-)

  3. Cheap Disney measles?? Do you have any idea how much a regular price ticket to the Mouse House runs these days? No, sir: you will pay dearly for the opportunity to test the efficacy of your MMR should your laboratory contain Carribean pirates and white-gloved humanoid animals. Happiest place on earth!


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