When Nissan’s fourth-iteration Z arrived, its alpha-numeric name leaped to 300ZX, indicating the new 3.0-liter powerplant and edgy new bodywork with its half-hidden pop-up headlamps. McPherson strut front and semi-trailing-arm rear suspension gave the car a distinctly sporting feel with great handling but certainly a comfortable GT ride. As an all-new model, the Z31 was met with many accolades that created lasting memories when new. With obvious roots back to the game-changing 240Z of the early 1970s, the 300ZX was the last of the line before a complete redesign for the 90s.
The 1985 Nissan 300ZX on offer here, shows only 63,000 miles from new, with practically every one driven by its original owner. Cherished as a special occasion car, it was always covered and garaged and meticulously maintained.
The Wine Metallic (032) paint is lush with great shine and matches the original trim interior in 1980s burgundy velour. A 5-speed manual gearbox makes the car a wonderfully engaging and fun drive.
The car retains its original VG30E 3.0-liter V-6 sports port fuel injection and belt-driven single overhead camshafts that actuate 12 valves in a hemispherical arrangement. When new, its output was rated at 160 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. Having just been fully serviced, this unmolested, unmodified, and original 300ZX is free of mechanical issues. The car starts easily, idles smoothly, and has good, responsive power. It shifts through the five-speed manual transmission with excellent clutch action. The four-wheel-disc brakes, steering and suspension work perfectly, as do all electrical systems including the modern bluetooth enabled stereo and cold AC. All glass, trim, chrome and lighting are in good original condition. The car has obviously never been smoked in.
This is a great opportunity to acquire a 1980s fast, sporting icon, with ease of ownership, reliability, and manual shift fun on its side. Certainly an appreciating classic.