Reasonably Priced: 1987 Nissan 300ZX 2+2

Well the Datsun Z certainly started out as a sports car back in 1970 but by the time it got all grown up in 1987, it was a bit more – probably more like a tourer, at least in 2+2 form such as today’s subject car. Let’s take a look at what that 240 evolved into. This 1987 Nissan 300ZX is located in Milford, Connecticut and is available, here on Barn Finds Classifieds for $3,300.

The most obvious difference between this version and the original 240Z is this car’s elongated wheelbase to support a diminutive rear seat and thus the 2+2 designation. That designation was not strictly a 300ZX option, it was introduced with the ’74 260Z edition. But this car’s 160 net HP, 3.0-liter engine is now a V6 configuration, setting it apart from the original in-line six-cylinder configuration of the 2.4 liter 240. Now, full disclosure, this 300ZX has 299K miles on its odometer! The seller claims, “It runs very well, transmission and clutch in good condition and it has been well maintained; we have all the service records“. He also notes that the oil has been changed every 1K miles, that’s a lot of oil and seems extreme. The transmission referenced is a five-speed manual unit.

The seller suggests that this would be the perfect car to restore but it hardly seems necessary – it still shows very well and that’s probably a testament to it being garaged. This is a T-Top version so if the wind in your hair is enticing, here you go. There is mention made of failing driver’s window weatherstripping but that’s it for issues and the images don’t hint at any other problems.

The blue fabric interior looks fine – especially considering that the driver’s seat has experienced a butt print for 299K miles, amazing! There is some wear that is notable, and perhaps some fading or normal discoloration but that’s about it. There is mention made that the vinyl covering around the rear strut enclosures needs some help but that sounds minor.

This is a well-cared-for tourer that probably still has a few moves up its sleeve in the power department. Of course, the mileage is something to consider too but the price certainly seems right for such a car in this condition. It would be good to hear from readers who either own, or did own, a Z car from this generation; how did, or do you like it? How would it compare to the original 240Z?


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  1. 370zpp 370zpp Member

    Vettes and Mustangs (and others) have their banner years as well as their not so banner years. The Z is no exception.

  2. Ten50boy

    I love the Z’s of this era, heck I have an 2+0 86 n/a 5spd car with ttops. It’s a blast, despite the relatively low h.p. numbers. I just never was a fan of the 2+2. But hey, everyone has different taste. The 299k……look for smoke, noises, check compression, make sure the maintenance is up to date, get the timing set replaced, along with the proper Aisin water pump….. go enjoy the open road with the ttops out!!!

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  3. david R

    300,00 miles, 300 oil changes at 5 quarts per change comes to 1500 quarts

    • Jim ODonnell Staff

      You are correct (actually it was off a lot). Thx, fixed.


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