1985 Nissan 300ZX
Toshio Yamashita said he originally went to school to become an
architect, but his father thought he was too small to be on
construction sites and signed Yamashita up for the industrial
design program instead. He got his start at Nissan in 1968 in parts
design for the A10 Violet, and finally got his big design lead
break in April 1984 beginning work on the design of what would
become the Z31-generation Nissan Z-car. Yamashita worked as one of
two lead designers on the Z31 alongside Isao Sono. At the time, the
Z-car was really important to Nissan's bottom line and reputation
as an automaker, especially in the United States.
For consignment a second-year edition of what has become the iconic
300ZX. With this being the first year Nissan badges would be used,
changing from the dual badging of Datsun/Nissan. This car is a
single owner 2 seater and is equipped with a digital dash, sports a
mere 81,595 actual miles, has its original window sticker as well
as a voice warning system. It presents in well kept condition with
photo documentation of the redux thanks to light crash damage to
the rear end.
A smoked glass "T" topped version that is covered in Thunder Black
with some nifty black molding running stem to stern down the sexy
sides. Partially hidden headlights pop up from the front of the
long hood with a front integrated bumper and grille which shows a
few scuffs, but nothing that shouldn't clean up easily with a
little elbow grease. Consistent gaps, a rear spoiler, and all being
very clean, this car is in great condition from 1985. Aerodynamic
straight angled raked lines, and glass that works with steel to
create a popular mid '80's look. A side view of this car gives the
viewer the impression the car is speeding even when it is standing
still. Standard alloy wheels are noted all around with hints of the
80's square and rectangle design are wrapped in like new 215/60R15
Presenting as very clean with very slightly worn light and dark
doeskin broadcloth all around as we cross the threshold and move
into the interior. We see a tilt column with memory, power windows
and power locks. Careful to not leave the headlights on you'll have
a voice which comes out of the original radio setup utilizing a
"Voice Warning System". The Voice Warning System emanates from
driver's door speaker to mute the radio and provide a vocal warning
whenever a door was ajar, the exterior lights were left on after
the vehicle was turned off, the key was left in the vehicle's
ignition when the driver's door was opened, or the fuel level was
low. The system operates using a small box that integrates a small
phonograph with a "needle" that drops onto a plastic "record" and
plays the appropriate message...cue the Eddie Murphy "Raw" skit.
Other technological features in this 300ZX include a totally
digital display dash with very nicely engineered graphics,a premium
AM/FM/Cassette stereo with a factory EQ, cruise control, a factory
security system and a full length sweeping console with a
sprinkling of burl applique. A large storage area is in the back
with bags and straps to hold the factory T-tops along with some
lightly worn beige carpet.
An original and showing much patina and some corrosion and dirt, V6
3.0 Liter EFI engine, which runs smoothly, and is attached to a
4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. A 3.70 geared rear axle
moves you down the road swiftly.
Underneath we can see typical wear and tear, some surface rust, but
overall structurally sound, even on the lower portions of the
doors, virtually no rust whatsoever. Independent suspension,
Macpherson strut in the front and coil springs in the rear is noted
along with 4 wheel power disc brakes. Rounding out our tour is a
single exhaust system with a stock replacement muffler.
A quick starter, good handling and braking and a nice comfy
cruiser. Some extra fun with the T tops off!
A single owner 2nd year edition 300ZX this car holds up nicely.
Certainly not perfect, but a nicely preserved interior, good paint,
no rust, and loaded with interesting technology, come to Classic
Auto Mall and start a conversation...with this car!
X-Hiratsuka Japan Assy Plant
089291-Sequential Unit Number
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