1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo
$50,000 - $70,000Offered Without Reserve
RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 6 - 7 MARCH 2020 - Offered on Friday
- From the first year of 300ZX production
- Exceptionally well preserved; showing only 2,566 miles
- Among the first examples built; unusually high specification
- Powered by the impressive 300 hp twin-turbo V-6
When it came time to redesign its legendary Z car for the 1990s, Nissan kept the basic proportions and performance mission of its predecessor while taking advantage of numerous technological leaps. The new 300ZX retained 3.0-liter power, but the big headliner was the new twin-turbocharged VG30 V-6, which boasted dual overhead camshafts as well as variable valve timing. Power output was raised substantially to 300 horsepower, while a version of the four-wheel-steering system cribbed from the Skyline ensured impressive handling. The redesigned 300ZX was intended to be more of a grand touring car than its predecessor, so it was plusher and far more refined inside. Its sleek shape with integrated bumpers and gorgeous alloy wheels was revolutionary for a sports car at the time.
The first-year 300ZXs balance purity of design with the luxurious features that the Z32 would come to be known for. This example’s black leather interior features power adjustable seats wrapped in leather, contrasted with distinctive fabric trim that flows from the doors to the dash and to the center console. Controls are largely clustered within convenient view and reach of the driver. Interestingly, Nissan badging is limited to the brake calipers—Nissan wouldn’t boast until a fascia badge was added for the 1991 model year.
This 1990 300ZX comes from the first year of production, and its chassis number indicates it was one of the first 100 serialized Z32-generation 300ZX cars off the line. Finished in striking silver over a black leather interior, the car is equipped with removable glass roof panels. Just 2,566 miles are shown on its odometer, a testament to its exceptional preservation.