The 300ZX was a 2 door sports car from Nissan during the great Japanese sports car boom of the 1990s and featured a host of technology in a Isao Sono & Toshio Yamashita designed body. Power came from a V6, which was available with a tire melting twin turbo setup, but today this Z has been given an injection of freedom in the form of a 5.3 liter GM V8, which is described by the seller as an LSX, but it is probably an LM7 from a 2000-2007 Chevy Suburban. This guy is ready for the 4th of July, are you? Find this 1990 Nissan 300ZX LSx V8 offered for $7000 in Groton, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car put me into a spin for a few minutes. I’m certain I’ve seen a convertible 300ZX from the Z32 generation before, but I didn’t recognize the roll hoop — it almost looks like a Bauer Targa conversion or something similarly custom. But maybe that makes sense because the convertible version did not come from a Japanese factory and instead was an American Specialty Cars (ASC) conversion done in the States at the request of US dealers. Find this 1996 Nissan 300ZX Convertible offered for $6,800 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
I don’t mean any disrespect to minivan collectors, but I cannot believe that someone kept a 90s Nissan minivan in this good of shape. I love minivans, I own one as the wife’s daily driver, and these things live a horrible life of soccer ball dents, door dings, baby vomit, dog hair, hot sun, and the weekly Costco parking lot shopping cart derby — because a minivan are the sweat pants of the automotive world. You can find Elvis’s sequin covered suit at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas, but you couldn’t give his sweatpants away to your local Goodwill. I just can’t understand how this car survived the years of abuse that EVERY minivan gets, and therefore I conclude the only logical answer; time travel. Occam’s razor, meet Elvis’s sweatpants. Find this time traveling 1998 Nissan Quest offered for $3000 in Hercules, CA via craigslist.
The name Maxima was first used in 1980 by Nissan on a fully decked out trim of their 810 sedan — it was Maxima in its features and luxury. The Maxima name took over the 810 designation after the 1981 model year and today’s example is the last year of the original front-engine rear-drive Maxima G910 generation. I would normally say that this car needs an RB26DETT engine plus 6-speed gearbox, but with only 17k miles on the odometer, this car probably needs to be preserved as stock. Find this 1984 Nissan Maxima offered for $6,700 in Fontana, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The first generation Maxima was a rear-drive thing badged as the Datsun 810, later Datsun Maxima, and finally Nissan Maxima, but today’s next car is a 2nd generation and front wheel drive…not that there is anything wrong with that. Today’s example is about as nice of an example of a Maxima that you’ll find around town. Find this 1988 Nissan Maxima offered for $5000 near Atlanta, GA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
We posted a 280Z 2+2 the other day that got some good discussion about the pluses and minuses of the 2+2 roofline of the 4-seat version of the S30 Z-car. Commenter Chris Miller pointed out that you can get a 350Z for the $8k asking price of that older Z and it got me thinking, with the 400Z coming out soon — what is the cheapest 370Z that you can get? And it surprised me that you could almost get a 370Z (2008-2020) for less than $10k. Seems like a performance bargain to me. Find this 2011 Nissan 370Z offered for $10,950 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.
Under normal circumstances, I’d say that the 2+2 extended roofline ruins the classic looks of Nissan’s classic S30 generation Z-car…but today is no normal day. This gold/brown 280Z has those little back seats and the extended roof shape and doesn’t look bad at all in the photos…but the most shocking part is that asking price compared to the condition. By the time you read this, it is probably already gone. Find this 1976 Datsun 280Z offered for $8000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.
I saw this next can and a little earworm immediately jumped into my head. And her name is G…L…O…R…IiiiiA…GLORIA…I wanna shout it ev’ry night (GLORIA!). Oh man. If I owned this car, I don’t think the cassette player would have anything other than Van Morrison’s single GLORIA stuck on repeat 24-7 at top volume. Makin’ me feel so good, huh, Make me feel all right, huh! I don’t think my wife or kids would want to ride in this car with me…mmmm…that’s just a bonus, I guess. Find this 1995 Nissan Gloria Gran Turismo bidding for $4000 on cars&bids with a few hours to go.
Kawaii is not a Hawaiian Island — it is the Japanese word for what is known as the culture of cuteness. Rainbows, Hello Kitty accessories, and childlike aesthetics is the rule, and I won’t go into the details or controversy around kawaii, other than to say that is quite strange to descendants of uptight Westerners like myself…but if you were into that kinda thing, I can’t imagine a better car to go with your Pikachu fishnet stockings and miniature backpack than one of the retro Pike cars (Pao, S-Cargo, Figaro, Be-1, K10-Micra) from Nissan 90s catalog. This next one has some rust, but you could probably get someone to fix the rockers and keep this thing alive. Find this 1991 Nissan Figaro offered for $7,500 in Athens, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I live in SoCal, so I need a factory equipped umbrella holder in my car about as much as glovebox full of scorpions…but I am absolutely obsessed with the trick this Pulsar GTI-R has inside the door. What you see is a factory Nissan umbrella that goes in special cavity accessible via the door jam. Sure the car has a SR20DET mated to all-wheel-drive…but that umbrella holder is sick. Would have been better if they put a katana in the door, Yakuza style, but Nissan made some cool cars back in the day. Find this 1991 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R offered for $17,950 in Ferndale, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.