The 300ZX is one of Nissan’s most iconic cars and now is your chance to own a prime example of one. RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning off this 1992 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo model with only 25,000 miles since new. The 300ZX is part of the Youngtimer Collection and is about as original as can be.
Originally delivered to Avis Nissan of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the 300ZX remained there until 2015 when it was imported to the United Arab Emirates. It was then exported to Switzerland by the current owner.
Those who are interested in this prime Japanese classic will have to part ways with around €25,000. We don’t think that’s too bad for what your buying as its almost impossible to find a good original 300ZX in that sort of condition. The car will be up for auction in April.
Now let’s look at some facts about the Nissan 300ZX.
The History of the Nissan 300ZX
The 300ZX was sold from 1983 to 2001 and features two similar, but unique generations. The first generation “Z31” variant (1983 – 1989) was more of a mid-range model, while the second generation “Z32” was more up-market.
Compared to the first gen, the Z32 300ZX was faster, more capable and more advanced. It was priced significantly higher than the Z31 and as such, the second generation sold considerably less units.
However, the lack of sales didn’t have anything to do with the car’s driving ability. Car and Driver placed the Z32 on its Ten Best list for seven consecutive years and Motor Trend awarded it as their 1990 Import Car of the Year.
The Z31 was first introduced in 1983 as the Nissan/Datsun 300ZX in the United States and the Nissan 300ZX in most other places in the world. The Datsun name was dropped in 1985 when Nissan standardised their brand name worldwide.
Compared to its predecessor, the Z31 had improved aerodynamics and increased power. It was powered by Japan’s first mass-produced V6 engine instead of an inline 6 that was used in previous Nissan sports cars. Nissan offered a range of different engine packages, including 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre turbocharged units. The Z31’s chassis was based on the 280ZX, but updated to provide improved handling.
Launched in 1989, the second generation 300ZX had a completely new design. The body was much wider with a rounder profile and fewer hard edges. Nissan offered the car with either a naturally aspirated 3.0-litre V6 engine or a twin-turbocharged unit. The new Z32 was significantly more powerful, with the twin-turbo version spitting out an impressive 300 bhp. This meant that the car could hit 100km/h in well under six seconds and could go on to a top speed of around 250km/h.
The car also featured an active rear wheel steering system called “Super HICAS” and Nissan offered it in either a hard-top, T-Top or convertible. Nissan utilised the Cray-2 supercomputer to design the 300ZX with a form of CAD software, making it one of the first production cars to utilise it.
In America the Z32 300ZX faced the same fate as many of the other Japanese sports cars of the time. The rising Yen:Dollar ratio and a drop in demand for sports cars meant that the Z32 sold 100,000 units less than the previous generation.