12K Miles Twin Turbo: 1991 Nissan 300ZX

Jeff LaveryBy Jeff Lavery

Nissan’s lineup in the early 90s could be called a driver’s dream, with vehicles like this 300ZX Twin Turbo among the stuff of school boy fantasies who didn’t pine for a Mustang. The Sentra SE-R, Maxima SE and Z-car were loved by enthusiasts of all backgrounds and budgets, but those cars are impossible to find in good shape today. Unless you check out this 1991 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo here on eBay and for sale by a Nissan dealer in Mississippi. 

This example has accumulated a mere 12,635 miles from new, a truly astounding feat considering how much fun these cars are to drive. Once the country’s best selling sports car, this Twin Turbo example packs 300 b.h.p. and 283 lb.-ft. of torque. This model also features Nissan’s nifty Super HICAS electronic rear wheel steering system, along with an optional driver’s side airbag, leather seating surfaces and “Pearlglow” paint. The seller notes it still smells new inside, but that the tires are in need of replacement.

The power driver’s seat is the only other upgrade, and the minimal options list combined with the turbocharged power plant and manual transmission paint a picture of its one original owner: an enthusiast through and through. The only change we’d make is to spec ours with the rare steel roof as opposed to the T-tops that so many of these Z32 cars (this one included) came equipped with. The selling dealer notes that aside from a few parking lot dings, the body is as you’d expect for a low mileage survivor like this.

The quad exhaust pipes are somewhat synonymous with the Z32’s hindquarters, but oftentimes, they’re replaced with aftermarket units. Thankfully, this 300ZX has not been modified in any way and likely resided in the care of a mature owner since new. This is absolutely an appreciating classic, even with the lofty Buy-It-Now of $23,877. It may seem like top-of-the-market pricing, but our guess is it won’t feel that way within a few years. We’d ask for the tires to be replaced as part of the sale price and take this one home happily.

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  1. spodeeodee

    Save your money and buy a MKIV Toyota Supra. I feel they are a better investment long term.

    7+

    • Rx7turboII

      Last gen supras aren’t going to go up in value…they are maxed out now as it is….

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    • Superdessucke

      Save your money, yes. Also, don’t forget to mortgage your home and cash out your 401k too, because MKIV Supras go for $50k plus, maybe close to six figures for one with this mileage.

      The 300ZX TT is just as good a car, but without the hype. So you can enjoy one for a fraction of the cost of a MKIV.

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  2. Luke Fitzgerald

    You’d put new boots on it, wouldn’t you, for 23 large

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    • Jeff Lavery Jeff Lavery Staff

      The selling dealer will likely say, “We wanted to ensure the next owner had the option to choose their favorite tires.”

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  3. sparkster

    Very good point Luke Fitz. Too cheap to put $400 worth of tires on a $23,000 dollar car. Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought these had 200 turbocharged horsepower not 300 ?
    Still prefer the 1985/1986 Supra’s

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    • Jbracy 7

      289tq 300 HP z32 TT
      Na 198 tq 210 HP z32 Na

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  4. Miguel

    What I remember about these cars was that they were so boring to drive.

    I bought one that looked just like this, without the turbos, and I was driving it from Phoenix to Las Vegas.

    My daily driver was an Escort GT from 1993.

    After a while I felt I was driving my Escort. I felt nothing special about this car in the least.

    2+

  5. Wagon master

    @miguel: I could see why it could feel like nothing special on a lomg highway run but man oh man, around town running through the gears, there is nothing like the pinned to the seat thrust that is created by a little turbo lag at first, whIch can’t be appreciated cruising for hours.

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  6. scotto

    definitely 300hp for the turbo. the non turbo was rated for 220hp.

    also, i would see why driving one of these on a long trip woudnt be too exciting, you cant take advantage of the handling on the highway and without the turbos, power delivery really wouldnt compare to this car anyway.

    had a 95 TT it was much more fun that an escort. with a chip to turn the boost up, some bigger intercoolers and upgraded brakes it just kept getting better.

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  7. Dolphin Dolphin Staff

    When I test drove a N.A. 300ZX back when it was brand new it wasn’t as peppy as the 1970 240Z that I owned at the time. But it did have a very good chassis, and easily outhandled the 240Z. Brakes were much better than the 240Z too.

    The early-’90s twin turbo 300ZX was a very good performer. One site I consulted said that 0-60 MPH time was 5.6 sec and 0-100 MPH time was 12.8 sec, which is believable since the car has two turbochargers.

    That performance is almost exactly the same as an E36 M3 but a bit slower than an E46 M3, but both of those are more recent, higher cost cars.

    OTOH the E36 and E46 M3s aren’t turbocharged.

    If the car for sale here is running well and really has only 12K miles it should perform as well as some of the best cars on the road today.

    I see the auction ended and the car sold for almost $24K, so someone must have thought the same.

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  8. Tommy D

    Worth every penny.

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  9. JimmyJ

    Cant smack talk the tt300zx they were epic in their day and will b very collectable 24 k not sure but tbis car will definitely appreciate.
    Gotta remember tbe next generation of millenials that love these japanese tuners.
    Were all getting old and have to realize the next generation of cars

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  10. DG

    I’d rather have a nice 240Z for that money. But those 300ZX Turbos were nice cars.

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