Time Warp 50th Anniversary: 1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo

This 1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo is a rare 50th Anniversary Edition with just 26,000 original miles. I’ve seen this car making the rounds on the likes of Facebook Marketplace, where the commentary has generally been dismissive of the $19,500 Buy-It-Now price – but given the high state of preservation and being of the more collectible Z31 models available, I can’t fault the seller for putting a decent price tag on it. Find the 300ZX Turbo here on eBay with the option to submit a best offer.

The 50th Anniversary models loaded the Z up with lots of additional features, including a digital dash cluster, embroidered black leather seats, adjustable shocks, and more. Buyers could choose between an automatic and 5-speed manual, and this longtime owner chose the former. While that may limit some interest from enthusiasts, it’s also likely helped keep this 300ZX in shockingly good condition.

You’ll also note in the exterior photos, the car received rear fender flares and flared front fenders (say that five times fast.) The drivetrain featured a turbocharged 3.0L V6 making 200 b.h.p. and 227 lb.-ft. of torque. The seller is adamant the car remains in nearly showroom stock condition, and also mentions he had the A/C, belts, fluids, and hoses all serviced and/or replaced as needed. Any removed parts are included.

The Z31 is a conundrum to me: the 50th Anniversary and Shiro Specials are genuinely rare models, but the prevalence of all other non-special editions Z cars of this era tends to mute the excitement for the truly rare ones. While respectable grand tourers, they were never truly considered high performance, which may explain why gorgeous specimens like this are still trying to find their forever home.

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Comments

  1. AUTOVISA

    I’m agree with the Facebook crowd 19.5 K it’s still too much for a 300ZX that’s Supra’ s money IMO

    Like 8
  2. Lupo

    I had an 84 5 speed non-turbo version and loved that car. digital dash and voice reminders made it a real novelty at the time. Loved driving it every bit as much as the 86 Vette I bought to replace it.

  3. Drake J Nailon

    This is perhaps the nicest one I have ever seen in my nearly 20 years of being a fan of this platform. That being said it is an automatic and I personally prefer the Shiro edition far more as it is the most highly developed version of this car from a performance standpoint. In the end I don’t think it will sell for this much unless someone just has to have their childhood dream car.

  4. CCFisher

    Wedgy shape? Check.
    Turbo? Check.
    Turbo graphics? Check.
    Huge, tacked-on fender flares that are cut out for the fuel door? Check.
    T-tops? Check.
    Hood scoop? Check.
    Interior by NASA? Check.
    Instrumentation by Atari? Check.

    This car is either the worst of the 80s or the best of the 80s, depending on your perspective.

    Like 11
    • Drake J Nailon

      Lol, it definitely checks all of the right 80’s boxes. The Mitsubishi Starion wide body is the only 80’s car that might eclipse it in my honest opinion.

      Like 3
      • CCFisher

        The Starion/Conquest is definitely a product of the 80s, but I think it’s a much more cohesive example of 80s style. This 300ZX looks like the marketing team thumbed through a JC Whitney catalog with the boss’s credit card.

        Like 3
  5. Don Sicura

    I was the unfortunate owner of one of these dogs, turbo failed, rear shocks failed ($300 each trade price) rust through in the oddest places, this was the last Japanese car I ever bought and I’ve owned a few Z cars before that.

    Like 1
  6. Bob McK Member

    The ad states that only 1500 had the automatic transmission. There is a reason for that. MOST people wanting one of these does not want an automatic transmission. If it were a standard, I would bid on it. With the automatic, I shall pass. Best of luck to the new owner. It is a beautiful car.

    Like 4
    • Miguel

      I have seen a lot more turbo cars with an automatic than with a stick.

      I don’t know why, but I question the 1500 number.

      Like 1
  7. Drake J Nailon

    The anniversary edition was an unfortunate mishmash. Part first gen, part second gen, with lots of unique parts. The rear flares are not my favorite, the front fenders are common with the 1986 version. Personally that is my favorite year. 1986 took the best of each design and combined them. That was the year I had and remains my favorite.

  8. Alan

    The “Bodysonic Seats” alone are worth the asking price :-)

    Like 1
  9. CanuckCarGuy

    With the wheel flares, rims and paint/stripe treatment it’s the sheer ’80s garish look that I find appealing.

    What the tailfin was to the 50’s…spoilers, flares, wings, scoops and striping were to the ’80s. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…and I’d live ’em again if I could 😎.

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