Preserved Z-Car: 1985 Nissan 300ZX

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At just $5,750 – with the option to submit a best offer – this clean, survivor-grade 1985 Nissan 300ZX looks like a very good deal, made even sweeter as it’s equipped with the desirable 5-speed manual. Wearing California blue plates with just over 71,000 original miles, this Z31 is an emerging classic you can enjoy right now without any guilt. Find it here on eBay and located in California. 

While it’s not the more powerful turbocharged model, there’s nothing wrong with a nicely-preserved, naturally-aspirated Z31. This one doesn’t have the factory rear spoiler or period-correct louvers, so it’s about as close to stock as you could get. The body looks quite nice with even paint, but the seller doesn’t divulge whether it’s original.

The cabin shows incredibly well, with untorn bucket seats and an interesting combination of what looks like grey and pewter on the seats and door panels. The floor mats exhibit the fading that’s typical of black fabric surfaces from this era of vehicle, but thankfully, there’s no evidence of  paint damage or clear coat failure around the outside of the  car.

The seller claims this is well maintained 300ZX, and that the next owner will receive all of the car’s original service records. A major service was just completed, but the seller doesn’t detail what it entailed. Regardless, this is one of the purer expressions of a 300ZX I’ve seen in a while, and I’m sure with the 5-speed and low mileage, it will find a new home soon.

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  1. Miguel

    The plate was from 1986 so maybe it was sold a year after it came out.

    The california title will tell you when it was first sold.

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  2. Bear

    IF that is all original paint, & IF the mechanical bits are all in good working order, then this car is a STEAL!
    Personally, I’d feel that the non-turbo model is a somewhat better bet, because it is likely to have been less abused & will have lower future maintenance costs.
    It was a good looking car then, & it is still good looking now.
    Someone will likely snap this one up QUICK at the asking price!!

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  3. healeydays

    That could have been a steal looking at it and the price they wanted. But alas, it’s gone…

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  4. nessy

    Ah I love the Z cars. This generation is starting to climb in value for well preserved examples. If it were only a Turbo. They were rockets. It’s like night and day….

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