Wedge Salad: 1992 Infiniti M30 Convertible
I’m going to say something and risk the wrath of all kinds of folks, but here it goes: The Infiniti M30 is the best looking rag top to ever come outta Japan. There. Said and done. Find this 1992 Infiniti M30 Convertible offered for $2,200 in East Lansing, MI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I could just make some obnoxious statement and walk away from it, but I’m going to follow this up. Many folks will argue that something like the ND MX-5 is a better looking car, and they’d be right because all things considered a majority of folks off the street would pick it over the M30, but the ND (and most Japanese convertibles, 350Z, 370Z, MR2 Spyder, Celica) have a level of fussiness to the design that just isn’t the case with the M30. All kinds of angles, extra lines, and compound curves in the sheet metal…nobody really wants those.
The M30 has this wonderful flow to its shape starting at the front and shooting to the back, giving the car a very dynamic look, like a piece of sandstone carved by a river. It is also almost entirely chrome free and wears its 80s shade of Pearl white with pride. If you are going to drive an 80s box, this is the one to drive every day.
See a better piece of rolling art with a canvas top for cheap? firstname.lastname@example.org
I guess it's up to me to be the first: Are you on crack? That's a pretty car in the same bland way that a Toyota Avalon is.
Well, styling is always a matter of taste. This car certainly does not offend me, and has a nice clean look from many angles. What I can certainly say is that this thing looks like a screaming deal, at $2200 with less than 100k on the odo.
Infiniti only. Obscure movie reference, anyone?
Infiniti convertible only.
No wrath, but allow me to this retort:
Sadly, that was never in production, but it was pretty awesome!
Oh I know…..they just put it on a tee with this blanket statement "The Infiniti M30 is the best looking rag top to ever come outta Japan" and since production status wasn't a qualifier, I had to throw this beauty up. 🙂
FTB beat me to it, but yes.
Okay, a 2000GT is way WAY cheating, but i like that spirit in a Volkswagen TDI driven by Bill Belichick kinda way.
I love the car (and I've driven one – too bad they're all equipped with ATs), but I have two issues with this article:
1) This was a coupe when it came out of Japan and was modified at ASC in Southern California
2) Datsun 1600/2000 🙂
Okay, now I feel silly, in my haste to heap praise on the little M30 I didn't know they were an ASC creation. Make sense when I think about it now…but I am WAY more sober now than when I wrote this article.
I would politely disagree with your statement:
You know, I've seen many of these in person and while they are a classic, I find the design to be a bit too derivative of British/Italian cars of the era. I think it took the success of the 70s/80s for Japanese designers to figure out they didn't need to just copy everybody else and they could create interesting designs that lead to some cool looking stuff (NSX anyone?).
I used to date a girl who looked a lot like Cameron Diaz. But I thought she looked too derivative of Cameron Diaz, and so I broke up with her, and started dating a girl who looked truly unique.
Having said this, I do like the clean flow of the ∞ M30… reminds me of a Chrysler Lebaron vert, with better wheels…
Wow. That stings, I'm gonna need some burn ointment. Well played.
Wait: better wheels, AND a fantastic engine, AND rwd. Oh, and you don't need a paper bag over your head to be seen driving the M30. I would say except for the colour, these are very different animals.
She is changing her name, from Kitty to Karen, She is trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron. I want a girl with a short skirt and a looooooooooong jacket.
FTB, +10,000,000 internet points for Cake reference.
My eagle has now been comforted. Thank you, FTB.
Good to know that for several of us, our taste in cars is only exceeded by our taste in music. Cheers!
This car is a good one to be in when you're stuck in a 'long line of cars'. 😉
I'm sorry you have completely taken leave of your senses.
I wish you luck on your vacation and look forward to your return.
The Infiniti M30 is an example of why Infiniti never quite matched Lexus in the US market.
Nissan just swept up a grab-bag of their upscale Japanese product and threw them at the US.
Now this is a looker
And Sean just won the internets today.
I like the Infinity for it's clean looks. Here is another white wedge for sale in Omaha. Not too bad, either.
Hmm. BaT decided to feature this car today…
why not this Mitsuoka Orochi?
Has the subtle/bland style of a bmw, but, put away your torx and triple squares folks, this here is really just a nice nissan and only requires 10,12,14 and 18 mm ratchet wrenches, and they throw in a nice vg30 that is basically a truck engine. So it outlasts that german dreck and is cheap to fix. Act now and we will throw in " im not old and white and/or a young gangbanger" street cred absolutely free!