Junkyard Gem: 1985 Nissan 300ZX Turbo
With 19 model years of production, the 300ZX version ofNissan's venerable Z-Car
was built for more years than any other member of the Z family (that's 18 years if you don't want to count the Japanese-market '83). The first generation, theZ31
, was the first of the Zs to get a V6 engine instead of the I6 of the earlier cars, and here we have an early example of the 300ZXTurbo
, found in a Denver self-service wrecking yard last month.
Electronic fuel injection and ignition finally came of age during the 1980s, which meant that turbocharged cars worked much better than their temperamental predecessors. Once you could buy a turbocharged car that started and drove like a real car, the word TURBO became a potent symbol of 1980s masculinity. For this reason, most car companiesslapped TURBO badges everywhere they could
, with theMitsubishi
Starion winning the Most Turbo Emblems Per Car prize (mostly thanks toTURBO-emblazoned seat belts
was relatively restrained about TURBO braggadocio during this period, but the 300ZX Turbo still meets the Minimum Turbo Badge Requirement (MTBR) standard for 1985.
There's plenty of denting and scraping on this car's body, but you Midwesterners should feel free to gnash your teeth over the utter lack of rust here. The Z31 is a good car and worthy of restoration, but the values haven't climbed anywhere near those of the earlier 240Z/260Z/280Z cars and rough ones tend to wind up in yards like this.
For just $19,699 (that's about $45,500 in 2017 dollars), the 300ZX Turbo had excellent performance numbers for the price tag. 200 horsepower in a 3,139-pound car was hot stuff in 1985, a year in which the $24,873Corvette
horses moving 3,088 pounds and the $21,440Porsche
944 offered 143 hp in a 2,675-pound car.
Those cars didn't even have an electronic compass and/or G-meter, which you could get in the 300ZX in 1985. Japanesesports cars
in the 1980s were all aboutthe future
T-tops? Of course!VIDEO
"Ya flick the adjustable suspension to FIRM andgo for it
, 'cuz you've got three liters' worth of fuel injected muscle."VIDEO
Nissan had respectably macho voiceovers in their mid-1980s TVadvertising
However, if you craved Z31 ads withreally
macho voiceovers plus video-game music, you needed to go to Japan in 1985.
via Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com
May 26, 2017 at 08:07AM
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