1991 NISSAN 300ZX 'FAIRLADY Z32' TWIN TURBO
To understand the attraction to these great cars you have to wind the clock back all the way to 1970 and the introduction to the USA of the 240Z 2-Dr.Coupe by Datsun. Now known as the 'Series I ' in America, they were best known in the far East & Europe as "Fairlady Z's". They carried many notable features different from later cars. You could spot the '240Z' on the sail pillar and 2 horizontal vents in the rear hatch which actually provided air ventilation. By the mid-70's the emblems were restyled to simply state "Z" and the vents were eliminated. By 1972, Interior mods' were made and the bumper over-rider location was changed. These versions carried the 2393cc cast iron 6 cyl. motor (151 hp) 2v per cyl. w/ Twin SU Carbs [manual choke], and in the U.S., a 4-speed gearbox ( FYI: the Japanese Market had a 5-speed option). With a Top Speed of 125mph and clock speed of 0-60 in 8 sec. (yet, 21 mpg) they quickly earned a reputation on the Streets and race Track as a force to be reckoned with. Sports Car International named this car "#2" in their list of ''The Top Sports Cars of the 1970's".... That, kind of, says it all. The 260Z was sold in the USA for 1974 only but, was avail. in other countries through 1978. The engine was pumped up to 2.6L by lengthening the stroke but, the U.S. Emissions forced a reduction of horsepower down to 140. Whereas, it was increased to 165 in RTW ( the Rest of the World). The 'keeper' though would be one built halfway through the year that offered a 165hp version which carried the larger 5mph Safety Bumpers and a 4-speed as standard but, also a 3-speed Automatic. Tell-tale sign: Look for the turn signals relocated to the outer edges of the front grille, above the bumper. In an effort to keep the S30 models 'sporty' in the face of increasing stringent U.S. emissions, engine size was increased again - this time to 2.8L and a Bosch 'Jetronic' Fuel Injection System was added. The ugly bumpers were continued and Datsun added black rubber 'impact absorbing' material. By 1977, the Z's saw the 'accordion 'style' bumpers merge , as well as, the spare tire shrink to a 'Space Saver Spare'. The good news was Nissan added a 5-speed gearbox as an option in 1977-78. Two, cool Special Edition models were added , the "Zap Z' (1,000 built) and "Black Pearl". (Only somewhere between 750-1500 of these were made). As everyone knows, the Z went on to a fabulous reputation as a Race Car under the tutiledge of Bob Sharp Racing which featured Elliot Robinson and Paul Newman as some of it's drivers. The S30 Series was replaced in 1979 by the Nissan S130.
By 1983, the Datsun/Nissan Family released the 280ZX 'Z31' Chassis and they finally replaced the 'Datsun' badges in 1985 with a 'Nissan' badge. This signified the end of one era and the beginning of a new one. Sold both in Japan and the USA from 1984 to 1996 the 300ZX name followed the numerical anthology initiated with the original Z car. The "X" a carry-over to it's predecessor. Along with the numbers came a significant price increase on each model year of availability. The Z31 became more accessible and ultimately the most popular selling over 329,900 units 1983-1989.
The Z31 Generation ended up having 5 different engine options: a TURBO-CHARGED 2.0 Dual Overhead Cam Straight Six, A Turbo Charged Single Overhead Cam 3.0 V6, a Turbo Charged Single Overhead Cam 3.0 V6 and a Dual Overhead Cam, 3.0 V6. Z31's had Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). They did offer two Special Editions; a 50th Anniversary and a "Shiro Special" (1988) with Performance Upgrades. Total production of 1989-1996 Nissan Fairlady ZX's Export was 99,286. that figure would include 2-dr Convertibles. 2 Dr Coupe and 2+2's. They weighed in at 3313 lbs , add 289 lbs. for the Turbo.
The Z31 body was slightly rstyled in 1986 with the addition of side skirts, flared fenders and 16" wheels (on the Turbo models only). The hood scoop was removed and many bosy parts painted to match the color of the body. It was given the final makeover in 1987 that incl. aero bumpers, foglamps in the front airdam and 9004 bulb headlamps, replacing the outdated sealed beams. Tail lights were changed running the entire width of the body and a LED brake light added to the rear hatch. The Z31 sold through 1989 breaking any previous sales record.
By 1990,Nissan issued the 'Z32' in a brand new design. Offered in the US 1990-1992, the body was wider with a rounded profile and few hard edges showing. The Twin Turbo Z32's featured active rear wheel steering systems (HICAS) which was first introduced in the Nissan Skyline models. The new 300Zx's carried the 3-litre Engine now with dual camshafts and variable valve timing. The Standard issue produced horsepower rated at 222 hp while the Turbo version was upgared with a Garrett Turbocharger that kicked horsepower up to 300 and 283 ft of torque. Performance was stellar with 0-60 times of 5.0- 6 sec (depending on the source). Top Speed was 155mph. American Z-car sales reached a total of one million sales making it the Best Selling Sports Car at the time. Nissan utilized the Cray-2 super computer to design the new 300ZX with a form of CAD software making it the first production car to utilize this tool. They even offered on the Twin Turbo models a 4 wheel steering option under the name Super HICAS (high capacity Activity Controlled steering) but few were sold.
1991 300ZX Nissan's Were Equipped As:
Climate Control A.C. w/ Improved Flow Direction
Drivers Airbag Optional
CD Player Option w/ Bose Stereo Head Unit (Upgraded)
Nissan Logo on Front Panel
Hardtop Coupe Available Mid-Year
FloorMats changed from '300ZX' to "Z" Silver Thread
Illuminated Keyhole on Drivers Door and interior Lights
A 3-Speed Automatic was Optional
17,652 300ZX's SOLD IN 1991 - ONLY 6,150 WERE TWIN TURBO MODELS
It was acclaimed:
Car & Driver " Ten Best" List for 7 consecutive years
Motor Trend awarded it "1990 Import Car of The Year"
300ZX Turbo Motor Trends "Import Car of The Year" & "Performance Car of The Year" (1990)
Automobile Magazine 300ZX "All Stars" List (1990)
Road & Track "One of The Ten Best Cars" (1991)
Automobile Magazine lists the Z32 as One of The Greatest Cars of All Time" (2004)
Automobile Magazine lists the Z32 as both "One of the 20 Greatest Cars of the Past 20 Years" (2006) and "The Most Beautiful Cars in History" (2006)
GQ Magazine heralds the Nissan 300ZX as "One of the Most Stylish Cars Over The Past 20 Years"
'jalopnik.com' rated the 300ZX Twin Turbo "A Great Future Investment Car" (Andrew P Collins)
and 'jalopnik.com' (2016) Rated the Z32 300ZX TT "The #1 10 BEST Vehicles for Future Classics under $25,000" (1/19/16)
This being said, the Z32 Nissan 300ZX Turbo has won many comparison tests bumper to bumper against similar Sport Cars such as: The Mitsubishi 3000GT/ Dodge Stealth, Mazda RX7, Chevrolet Corvette, Toyota Supra, Dodge Viper and, even, the Porsche 968.
VIN FOR THIS TWIN TURBO: JNICZ24147MX502339
BLACK WITH BLACK LEATHER, 41,206 MILES TITLE PROVEN, TWIN TURBO MOTOR WITH THE OPTIONAL 3-SPEED AUTOMATIC & OVERDRIVE, 16" ALLOY WHEELS, POWER DISC BRAKES, OPTIONAL DRIVERS AIRBAG, LIFT-OFF 'T-TOPS' (NEVER REMOVED) W/ VINYL COVERS), DUAL POWER SPORT MIRRORS, BOSE STEREO (NW), REAR SPOILER, FULL LEATHER, SPORT/TOURING SUSPENSION, ONLY TWO OWNERS- NO RUST. A GREAT FUTURE COLLECTIBLE. DRIVE OR 'DRIFT' HER HOME OR SHIP IT OVERSEAS ~ PRICED TO SELL