Nissan 300ZX (1984 – 1989) Review

Nissan 300ZX (1984 – 1989) At A Glance


+Fast in turbo form, generally reliable, targa-top a nice option

-Poor dynamics, heavy and large, no longer a sports car in the way the 240Z was

The Nissan 300ZX was a logical expansion and update of the already portly 280ZX. Although the Z31 featured sharp new look, and could be bought in relatively quick turbo form, it failed to add any excitement to the Z-car line - mainly because it had travelled even further away from the original 240Z's pleasing rortiness.

Despite being all-new under the skin, and the first in the Fairlady Z line in the line to feature a V6 engine, the 300ZX had been significantly overshadowed by sporting newcomers such as the Porsche 944 and Lotus Excel, both of which cost less. The familiar looking styling was more aerodynamic than before, boasting a drag co-efficient of just 0.30. The turbo managed to deliver lots of straight line pace, if not finesse. Handling was firmer than the sloppy old Datsun 280ZX, but still not good enough to be considered a sports car in the traditional sense of the word.

Rare today, and some would say deservedly so,

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How much would it cost to fully restore a Nissan 300ZX?

"How much would it cost to fully restore a Nissan 300ZX turbo from 1981?"
Without seeing the car, this is an impossible question to answer - it depends on the extent of work required, the condition of the car to start with and whether or not it is complete or requires some rare or unusual parts to be sourced. A good place to start would be to speak to the UK's best-known Datsun Z specialists and restorers, The Z Farm (
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