You know there is something I’ve always liked about the mid-90s Nissan 300ZX. Maybe it’s because that’s what my college boyfriend drove for a spell. It was bright cherry red and I even drove it around a bit myself.
Flash forward twenty years later and it’s still pretty cool to see one of these on the road. They still have style and while they aren’t old enough to be considered a true “classic” yet, they are what I’d call timeless. Plus, in a market where classic car prices are skyrocketing, they can be a cool collector sports car for under $10,000.
Two guys who work for Hagerty happen to be big fans of the 300ZX, too. Both Steve Haas and Matt Nelson own a 1996 300ZX and they’re taking us for a ride along to show us how much fun driving one of these can be. They also say while prices are relatively low now, they won’t stay that way.
NISSAN 300ZX HISTORY
The first Z launched under the Datsun nameplate in 1969. It arrived in the U.S. as the 2.0-liter 240Z coupe. A few other models launched as the line became a bit more middle-aged, but Nissan brought back the oomph with the 300ZX in 1984.
The first Nissan 300ZX would run until 1989. But it was the second-generation ZX, introduced in 1990, that really solidified its place in history. According to Hagerty, the 1990 300ZX was one of the first cars designed with computer software. It also came with optional four-wheel steering in the turbo versions.
Nissan discontinued the 300ZX stateside after 1996. According to Hagerty, Nissan sold 85,080 examples of the 1990-1996 300ZX in the U.S. and you can buy a base model today for about $8,750.