Yet another strikingly pristine motorcar from Crawdaddy Classic Cars, whose collector-worthy modern classics often sell to seasoned investors in Europe, Asia, and Australia. This stunning, rust free, all original Q45 from dry Colorado has a clean Auto Check history and just 88k miles documented. It is in EXCEPTIONAL showroom condition and issue-free. Turn the key and go.
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The Q45 is admired by both consumer report services and individual owners as a world class touring sedan. It is revered for its impeccable yet simple design, luxury features, and powerful, quiet, smooth performance. The second generation Q45 from 1998 has a distinctive look with a long sloping nose, thin roof line, and steeply raked rear glass. Strong character lines separate the upper and lower flanks.
The car retains its original pearl white paint, still very glossy with only a few barely noticeable scuffs. It has obviously been well cared for over its 22-year life, collectors will appreciate. Car panels are straight with no dings, dents, and just a few minor scuffs. Chrome and stainless trim pieces are near perfect. Headlamp and signal lamp lenses are perfectly clear, zero clouding. Glass is all original and excellent condition, even the original Nissan windshield.
Extremely clean, non-smoker, no odors. Leather seats are soft and supple with almost no wear. Dash appears factory fresh, no cracks or blemishes. Center console and two-tone door panels and armrests are pristine, including all the wood grain pieces. Carpeting is in great condition with no stains or wear-through, as are the original floor mats front and rear. Headliner and sun visors are very nice with working vanity lights.
Dash controls and power window and power seat features are fully operational and blemish-free. Has a power sunroof and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The automatic climate control, premium eight-speaker Bose sound system, cruise control, courtesy lights, and other interior electronic features are fully functional.
Heated power front seats adjust in ten directions and have power lumbar supports. There is a two-position memory for driver entry and exit. Car is outfitted with Home Link, a programmable transmitter system for opening gates and garage doors.
Tires are newer Michelin sport/touring radials, P215/60R/16 with approximately 75% tread life remaining. They wrap the factory chrome 16 inch alloy wheels in near perfect condition, no road rash.
The motor is smooth and powerful, shifts effortlessly and quietly. The car is an absolute pleasure to drive. It rockets forward while remaining dead quiet at high speed, almost like an electric bullet train. I’ve had the car over 100 mph with AC on full in 110 degree Phoenix heat, with no overheating or other issues.
Fuel injected 4.1 liter 32 valve V8
270 hp, 280 torque
4-spd automatic overdrive transmission
Zero to 60 in 7.4 seconds
15.4 second quarter mile drag time
Factory top speed 144 mph
Decent gas mileage 18/23
Engine has variable valve timing, which adjusts valve opening and closing according to engine speed and load. Variable valve timing is a key element in the engine's efficiency. It's a proven technology and a big plus.
Engine and transmission are connected electronically with smooth precise shifts based on speed and load. There is a seamless flow of power with no hesitation or jerkiness between shifts. The Q45 performs like a great touring sedan should with:
Variable assist power steering
Macpherson front strut suspension with coil spring assist
Front and rear stabilization
Electronic full range traction control
Four wheel anti-lock disc brakes
Limited slip differential
The rear suspension has a multi-link arrangement designed to keep more tire contact patch on the road, and more patch means more grip. Anti-dive and anti-squat characteristics mean improved grip under hard braking and acceleration.
Photos of the engine bay, suspension and undercarriage reveal this car’s strikingly clean mechanics with no corrosion or damage anywhere and factory chalk marks visible. Floor pans underneath still show some glossy factory paint.
Auto Check confirms the car’s regular maintenance history. Reading multiple reviews from private owners, I discover that it’s nothing to put well over 200,000 miles on these cars with no issues if normal maintenance is accomplished.
Car comes with two sets of original keys, FOB remotes, leather bound owner’s manual set, original jack and unused spare.
The fully optioned MSRP for the Q45 was $48,890 in 1998, equating to $84,000 in today's dollars. Only 10,443 were built in 1998, making them increasingly rare as time goes on. They have reached the bottom of their depreciation curve and are becoming collectible. Now’s the time.