How Much Did The Nissan 300ZX Z32 Cost New?

When Nissan launched the Z32 300ZX in 1989 it was easy to see that it was an altogether different beast than the outgoing model, the Z31. The new Z32 was far more sophisticated and modern with a completely new exterior design to match.

Car journalists and enthusiasts loved the new car, with Motor Trend naming it their “Import Car of the Year” for 1990 and Car and Driver placing it on their ‘Ten Best Car’ list for seven consecutive years.

Part of the reason for the massive amounts of praise for the Z32 was how it combined a powerful engine with an excellent aerodynamic body that was almost supercar-like in appearance.

Nissan’s new engine options included a 3.0-litre VG30DE engine and a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre VG30DETT power unit. The twin-turbo model would be the first car to be marketed under Japan’s ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’. This new law limited power of Japanese production cars to 276 horsepower (206kW), however, many sports cars including the Z32 300ZX were found to produce significantly more power than this figure.

Despite all the new technological updates, features and improvements, the Z32 300ZX was still fairly competitively priced when compared to the competition. The base model car was available for ¥3,450,000 in Japan or US$51,131 in today’s money, while the top-end twin turbocharged model was priced at ¥4,400,000, which comes in at $65,210 today.

During the course of its production, the price of the 300ZX Z32 would fluctuate depending on the year and spec level. Below you can see the updates to the pricing and range of the Z32 300ZX from 1989 until its final major update in 1998 (production continued until 2000, however, we could not find data for the final two years of the car’s life).

Nissan 300ZX Z32 Original Price in Japan

1989 Nissan 300ZX Z32 (from July 1989)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 141.6 (taken from July 1989).

ModelChassis  

Engine

 

TransPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,300,000

 

 

23,305

 

48,909

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,450,000

 

24,364

 

51,132

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,450,000

 

24,364

 

51,132

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,600,00025,424

 

53,355

 

300ZXE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,600,00025,424

 

53,355

 

300ZXE-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,750,000

 

26,483

 

55,578

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT3,950,00027,895

 

58,542

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,100,00028,955

 

60,765

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,100,00028,955

 

60,765

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,250,000

 

30,014

 

62,988

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,250,000

 

30,014

 

62,988

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,400,000

 

31,073

 

65,211

 

 

1992 Nissan 300ZX Z32 (from August 1992)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 126.3 (taken from August 1992).

ModelChassis  

Engine

 

TransPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,480,00027,553

 

51,106

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,630,000

 

28,741

 

53,309

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,630,000

 

28,741

 

53,309

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,780,000

 

29,929

 

55,512

 

300ZXE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,780,000

 

29,929

 

55,512

 

300ZXE-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,930,000

 

31,116

 

57,715

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,140,000

 

32,779

 

60,799

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,290,00033,967

 

63,002

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,290,00033,967

 

63,002

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,440,000

 

35,154

 

65,205

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,440,00035,154

 

65,205

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,590,00036,342

 

67,407

 

CONVERTIBLEE-HZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT4,765,000

 

37,728

 

69,977

 

CONVERTIBLEE-HZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT4,880,000

 

38,638

 

71,666

 

 

1993 Nissan 300ZX Z32 (from October 1993)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 107.05 (taken from October 1993).

ModelChassis  

Engine

 

TransPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,548,000

 

33,143

 

59,688

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,698,000

 

34,545

 

62,211

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,698,000

 

34,545

 

62,211

 

300ZXE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,848,000

 

35,946

 

64,735

 

300ZXE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,848,000

 

35,946

 

64,735

 

300ZX G1 PACKAGEE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,978,000

 

37,160

 

66,922

 

300ZXE-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,998,000

 

37,347

 

67,258

 

 

300ZX G1 PACKAGEE-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT4,128,000

 

38,561

 

69,445

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,230,000

 

39,514

 

71,161

 

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,380,000

 

40,915

 

73,684

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,380,000

 

40,915

 

73,684

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,530,000

 

42,317

 

76,208

 

300ZX TWIN TURBO G2 PACKAGEE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,620,000

 

43,157

 

77,722

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,680,000

 

43,718

 

78,731

 

300ZX TWIN TURBO G2 PACKAGEE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,770,000

 

44,559

 

80,245

 

 

CONVERTIBLEE-HZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT4,840,000

 

45,213

 

 

81,423

 

CONVERTIBLEE-HZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT4,955,00046,287

 

83,358

 

 

1994 Nissan 300ZX Z32 (from October 1994)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 98.17 (taken from October 1994).

ModelChassis  

Engine

 

TransPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
VERSION SE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,050,000

 

31,069

 

54,554

 

VERSION SE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,200,00032,597

 

57,237

 

 

VERSION SE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,250,000

 

33,106

 

 

58,132

 

VERSION SE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,370,000

 

34,328

 

60,278

 

300ZXE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,650,000

 

 

37,180

 

65,286

 

300ZXE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,770,000

 

38,403

 

67,433

 

VERSION S RECAROE-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,870,000

 

39,421

 

69,221

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT3,930,000

 

40,033

 

70,294

 

VERSION S RECAROE-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,990,000

 

40,644

 

71,368

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,080,000

 

41,561

 

72,977

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,130,000

 

42,070

 

73,872

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,250,000

 

43,292

 

76,018

 

VERSION S CONVERTIBLEE-HZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT4,290,000

 

43,700

 

76,734

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,560,000

 

46,450

 

81,563

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,680,000

 

47,672

 

83,709

 

300ZX CONVERTIBLEE-HZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT4,720,00048,080

 

84,425

 

VERSION S RECARO TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,750,000

 

48,385

 

84,962

 

VERSION S RECARO TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,870,00049,608

 

87,108

 

 

1997 Nissan 300ZX Z32 (from January 1997)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 118.88 (taken from January 1997).

ModelChassis  

Engine

 

TransPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
VERSION SE-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,050,000

 

25,656

 

41,598

 

VERSION SE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,250,000

 

27,338

 

44,326

 

VERSION RE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,360,000

 

28,264

 

45,826

 

VERSION SE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,370,000

 

28,348

 

45,962

 

VERSION RE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,480,00029,273

 

47,463

 

300ZXE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,650,000

 

 

30,703

 

49,781

 

 

 

300ZXE-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,770,000

 

31,713

 

51,418

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOE-CZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT3,930,000

 

33,059

 

53,600

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,130,000

 

34,741

 

56,328

 

VERSION R TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,230,000

 

35,582

 

 

57,692

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,250,000

 

35,750

 

57,964

 

 

VERSION S CONVERTIBLEE-HZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT4,290,000

 

36,087

 

58,510

 

VERSION R TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,350,000

 

36,592

 

59,328

 

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,560,000

 

38,358

 

62,192

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOE-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,680,000

 

39,367

 

63,829

 

 

1998 Nissan 300ZX Z32 (from October 1998)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 119.58 (taken from October 1998).

ModelChassis  

Engine

 

TransPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
VERSION SGF-Z32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,070,000

 

25,673

 

40,987

 

VERSION SGF-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,270,000

 

27,346

 

43,657

 

VERSION SGF-GZ32

 

VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,390,000

 

28,349

 

45,259

 

VERSION RGF-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,468,000

 

29,002

 

46,301

 

 

VERSION RGF-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,588,000

 

30,005

 

47,903

 

300ZXGF-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)5MT3,800,000

 

 

31,778

 

50,733

 

300ZXGF-GZ32VG30DE -230ps(169kW)4AT3,920,000

 

 

32,781

 

52,335

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOGF-CZ32

 

VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT3,990,000

 

33,367

 

53,270

 

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOGF-GCZ32

 

VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,190,000

 

35,039

 

 

 

55,940

 

VERSION S TWIN TURBOGF-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,310,000

 

36,043

 

57,542

 

 

VERSION R TWIN TURBOGF-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,398,000

 

36,779

 

58,717

 

VERSION R TWIN TURBOGF-GCZ32VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,518,00037,782

 

60,319

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOGF-GCZ32

 

VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

5MT4,700,000

 

39,304

 

62,749

 

300ZX TWIN TURBOGF-GCZ32

 

VG30DETT –

280ps(206kW)

4AT4,820,00040,308

 

64,351

 

 

How Much Does a Nissan 300ZX Z32 Cost Today?

Credit: Nissan

As with many Japanese sports cars from the period, the 300ZX Z32 is starting to become a bit of a classic, with immaculate condition examples fetching upwards of US$50,000 (and in some cases more).

However, most Z32s do not reach this incredible sum. According to data on Bring A Trailer, most 300ZXs sell for around $10,000 to $20,000 dollars. This makes the 300ZX one of the most affordable top-end Japanese cars from this period when compared to the likes of the Toyota Supra Mk4, the Mazda RX-7 FD and the Nissan Skyline GT-R models.

If you would like to know more about buying a Nissan 300ZX Z32 or its history and specifications, check out our “Nissan 300ZX Buyer’s Guide – Ultimate Z31 & Z32 Guide” here.

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