Known as the Fairlady Z in Japan – not a very appealing name, if you ask me – and as the 300ZX elsewhere, particularly in North America, the 1984 Nissan 300 ZX was the third generation Z car, and quite different from its predecessors. Purely on looks, it abandoned the previous generation’s curves, opting instead for a clear, aggressive wedge design that was more reminiscent of a touring GT than a pure sports car. As its buyer base got progressively older – not my much, but enough, the 300ZX also become significantly more luxurious than the older generations, but that didn’t cut down on its road-worthiness at all. The 300ZX was as much of a sports car as anything, and at the time one of the fastest production cars to come out of Japan.
The 1984 Nissan 300 ZX was the first Z car to be powered by a V6, and it certainly took full advantage. With a 7,000 RPM redline, and an impressive output of 222 horsepower, the Nissan 300ZX was a very capable performer, with a 8.8 second 0-60 time and a 137 miles per hour top speed.
Despite the added complexity of the new car, and the more luxurious fitting, this was a true sports car, and it remained in production until 1989. Of course, its very capable Z32 chassis was the base for the next generation of the Nissan 300ZX, with was remained in production until 1996.