SOTW: 300ZX


To be honest I was scouting around for the later Z32 Nissan 300ZX, but apart from a few with some serious issues this model is just outside of our theoretical £1,000 budget. All is not lost however because there are a few of the previous generation Z31 models around, despite the fact that I can honestly say I haven’t seen one on the road for years (possibly never). When I was a kid I had a model of one of these that I never put together, but from the picture on the box I always thought they looked quite futuristic. I think the shape of this eighties Nissan coupe has aged well and it is still a distinctive-looking piece of metal.

A lot of work had been done on the aerodynamics to make the car slice through the air better than the 280ZX. This later model had the bonnet scoop removed and the bumpers were rounded off to give it an even smoother shape. Overall the design is unmistakably Japanese, both inside and out.


Called the ‘Fairlady’ in Japan (a name which I doubt would have gone down as well here) the Z31 had a 2.0 litre for the home market, but came fitted with a 3.0 litre V6 over here. This version we found in the PistonHeads classifieds looks like a 165bhp version and has just 103,750 miles on the clock. Of course no eighties Japanese or American coupe would be complete without the targa top and this is no exception. It is an auto but manuals can be found for a similar price.

You also get cruise, electric seats and working air con, all for less than a grand. The car is off the road at the moment but you’ll get a 12 month MOT thrown in. I can’t help thinking that these cars are rare now, so one day there will be very few left. Then this Z really will be dead baby, (oh dear, oh dear) so snap one up now…

 


Ad Reads: Now looking to sell what's been a cracking car during the last two summers. In excellent condition inside. Outside is very good for its age but has a couple of small dinkswheels are excellent, tyres have loads of tread, engine has been perfect, auto box good order. Has: air con(that works!), cruise, electric seat, mirrors. Sorn at the moment,COMES WITH NEW 12 MONTHS MOT !!!!!!! NEW front/centre exhaust fitted!, back box nearly new hpi clear! cam belt plus bits changed in last 1500 miles. BUYER to tax car as SORN at the moment


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  • tali1 13 Apr 2008

    enz101 said:
    have bought 16 of these Z31 Nissan 300zx cars over the last 3 years, restored them in some part and used for Charity fund raising rally to Monte Carlo and Modena in italy, raised over £50,000 for the Macmillan Hospice, they are the best driving car for continental touring you can buy for next to nothing, the best ones are the rare manual turbo cars 200+ bhp standard and tons of fun, go to;
    www.zballrally.co.uk
    and see some of the finished cars on the rally, 13 of them last year ,each drove approx 2800 miles across the Alps to France and Italy, 2 blown rad hoses and 1 bulb failure was the total damage.
    cheers
    js

    Edited by enz101 on Sunday 13th April 20:23
    wow ! never seen so many z31s in my life! - you must hold world record for most owned- although all appear to be non -turbos
    Advert car is facelift model non turbo which appears to outnumber the turbo by at least75%-25%



    Edited by tali1 on Sunday 13th April 23:37

  • enz101 13 Apr 2008

    have bought 16 of these Z31 Nissan 300zx cars over the last 3 years, restored them in some part and used for Charity fund raising rally to Monte Carlo and Modena in italy, raised over £50,000 for the Macmillan Hospice, they are the best driving car for continental touring you can buy for next to nothing, the best ones are the rare manual turbo cars 200+ bhp standard and tons of fun, go to;
    www.zballrally.co.uk
    and see some of the finished cars on the rally, 13 of them last year ,each drove approx 2800 miles across the Alps to France and Italy, 2 blown rad hoses and 1 bulb failure was the total damage.
    cheers
    js

    Edited by enz101 on Sunday 13th April 20:23

  • dinkel 13 Apr 2008

    PH said:
    Called the ‘Fairlady’ in Japan (a name which I doubt would have gone down as well here) . . .
    In the 60s the Fairlady was a hot 4pot Triumph-rival. It's a wanted classic in the USA. I even believe they have a racing class . . .

    Here's a '69:



    The 2 litre pumps out a healthy 150 brake!

    Dunno 'bout this weeks shed, the 240/260Z for me. Early 80s cars are rare over here . . . They must've rotted away me thinks.

  • hirsty27 12 Apr 2008

    Fastra said:
    Didn't know Spain did development work on these:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/The-rare-one-NISSAN-300-ZX-T...

    Keh?

    smile
    SEE!......IT LOOKS BETTER IN SWB FORM!!..biggrin......cloud9

    Now where's six or seven thousand quid when I need it!...grumpy

  • Fastra 12 Apr 2008

    Didn't know Spain did development work on these:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/The-rare-one-NISSAN-300-ZX-T...

    Keh?

    smile

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