• Nov 18, 2010
eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX convertible concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Finding a Nissan 300ZX convertible is not necessarily an amazing eBay occurrence. Finding the 1991 300ZX folding hardtop convertible concept car, however, is quite a big deal.

Nissan sold the Z32, or second generation 300ZX, in the United States from 1990 to 1996. In 1993, the automaker launched a convertible version to go along with existing t-top and hardtop variants. This came in response to aftermarket companies offering convertible conversions. Before the 1993 convertible came out, Nissan produced a concept version that was shown at the 1992 Paris, Geneva and Detroit auto shows. And while the production car utilized soft-tops, however this concept featured a power-folding, retractable hardtop.

Working with American Sunroof Corporation (ASC), Nissan built its own convertible 300ZX and showed it off around the world. This car is now for sale on eBay, with a Buy-It-Now price of $62,000. Power is provided by the standard 3.0-liter V6 and it's paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The car only shows 8,202 miles on the odometer and, along with the very unique top, features one-off 17-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Is $62,000 too high a price to pay for such a unique piece of Nissan's history? Maybe not if you factor in the original build cost, which was allegedly in excess of $800,000 (at least according to the seller's listing). Besides the car, the winning bidder will also get the original show stand and a ton of documentation in both written and video form.

Take a gander at this drop-top Nissan 300ZX in the gallery below, and be sure to take a look at the auction over at eBay Motors.


eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype eBay Find of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX hardtop convertible prototype

[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather spend $62,000 on this than $46,000 on a Murano vert.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whenever I see one of these (90 - 96) on the road, my first thought is, what a timeless design!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree. This Z has aged better than any other and was the best looking from the start.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's the TT?

      No TT? Not worth it....

      Crack Pipe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw this at the Festival of Speed - Orlando. Kinda cool, Kinda useless unless you like "unique" Japanese metal. Not worth it in my opinion
      • 4 Years Ago
      This, like all forms of the 300zx, goes full bore against my better judgment. I know that it's an unreliable car. I know that it takes work and elbow grease to keep running. I know that I want the TT JDM engine in it. I know that the folding roof adds weight, removes stability. I also know that it's a one-off and will probably break.

      Having said all that, you'd have a hard time keeping me away from it if I had the money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw this car in person about a month ago in Lakeland, Florida. Pretty Cool!
        • 4 Years Ago
        True stock the z32 na and z32 tt are fairly reliable, the 100,000 mile service is a pain.

        Beautiful cars then and now, but I think having gone through various owners and the price of upkeep.. I would place it next to a 928 in terms of wallet draining fun.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 300ZX in stock form isnt really unreliable, its the modded ones that tend to have issues. They are capable of amazing horsepower, and I think that drives tuners to push it too much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I absolutely love this generation of Z but that convertible in design was so forced. Nothing about the profile flowed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd buy it and convert it to TT; not that hard at all.

      Definitely a beautiful car and if I had the $$$, I'd buy it. It's one of one for CHrist's sake; it's not that bad.

      If you read the comments, sounds like many parts can be had over the counter (top cylinders are from a Saab 'vert for example).

      Even though it's super cool, no Z of any of the generations looks as good as the X32 2+0 t-top turbo. I'm biased as I have a 1990 TT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Not that hard at all"

        Says that from the guy who doesn't own an NA Z and hasn't thought about the idea before...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Where is the TT?"
      Considering this is based on a 2+2, which was never available w/ the TT...

      If I had the money and appropriate garage space for it, I'd buy it - The colors are right, the condition is great and think of all the awards one could gather at the car shows...
      ...as a 1 of 1, I'm sure the value would only appreciate.
      CheckTheseOut
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't Chrysler offer a retractable hard top Sebring?? Ok, so where's the 62k$ 19year old magic in this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car belongs as a museum piece, with a lot of insurance. Maybe drive it a couple of times a year, in perfect weather. Maybe a parade, if people sit in the seats, not on the rear cover.

      But I love the sapphire blue Z32s. I want one badly, and I would even consider a non-turbo, just for longevity and maintenance cost reasons... Plus, I would rather have a t-top, lift-back coupe, 2+0 or 2+2.

      I have a bit of a cunning plan, to modify the quarter windows, and the hatch's side shut-line on a coupe version, to look a bit more like a G35 coupe's quarter windows, which also looks a lot like a 280ZX, incidently... and makes the Z32 look even better than it already does. Similar to the Z33, but not as tiny as the Z33s windows.

      The Z32's rounded-over quarter window line is the only slight let-down on that whole design, and that says just how good of a design it was. I can't make myself like the newer 350 and 370Zs, even though they probably are better performers.

      I have some photochops of what the re-shaped quarter windows would look like... and it is nearly perfect.

      I would buy a Z32 300ZX over just about any of it's competitors, even on the used market today.
      3000GT/Stealth - heavy and transverse-engined, and rarer to find or support. Plus I don't like the 3000GT's styling. I'd much rather have a nice-condition SVX with a manual gearbox swap, for an AWD GT-coupe car, and it would be cheaper to maintain than a twin-turbo big-DSM.
      Supra, perhaps a better performer, but I can't tolerate the cross pollenation of a Ferrari F40, and the sta-puft Marshmallow man, in terms of styling.
      I would consider an FD-RX7... they look fantastic, but also carry a maintenance and upkeep price, and might be a tad small for me to really get comfortable to drive.
      Mustang/Camaro/Firebird... No IRS... not nearly as nice an interior, and Mustang doesn't have T-tops in the 1990s. The 300ZX is just a nicer car, even if it isn't as bone-simple to tune.
      I'd consider a nice Porsche 968 or 928, though, maybe. but there again, $$$$ to maintain. One has to have the budget in place for that.

      I would LOVE to have a garage with a Miata, 300ZX, and a Subaru SVX AWD. Three cars for almost any occasion, if you don't have a cadre of people to haul around.

      I have long wondered why some of the best affordable GT coupe cars, like the SVX or 300ZX, come from a tiny island nation. And the US, a huge country by comparison, with millions of miles of road... seems loathe to build a really, truly superior Grand Touring Coupe.

      Mustangs without independent suspensions may be fast on a smooth track, but a live axle does not make a great setup for eating hundreds of miles on government maintained public roads, especially in inclement weather.

      Camaros and Challengers similarly focus on short-distance performance, and are heavy cars, and not very aerodynamic for sustained-speed road use in the real world. They are designed for car shows, or drag races or something. They can drive as far as you want, but they aren't designed with that in mind, with quiet, efficient aerodynamics, taut but smooth suspension calibrations, and comfortable, attractive interiors for hours at a time.

      The CTS coupe is probably the best option to come along in some time, but even it is a big behemoth of a coupe with a really high tail that limits rear visibility, and a somewhat flat, tall. front which is not great for limiting aero drag. (keep in mind Cd is a coefficient, not an absolute drag measurement. overall frontal area still factors in.)

      The US manufacturers seem to think that anyone driving any distance wants to drive a bus-sized SUV, or something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And it's not even a TT? Damn, you'd think it could use the extra power to lug all that heavy folding-hardtop action around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. Especially if the weight increase is similar to a VR4 Spyder. That car was a total fat ass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just saw this car in person at a show here in FL. Got to see the top in operation and it works perfectly and doesn't look like a hack job at all. 62k is a lot, but the car itself is in fantastic shape. And I can believe the 800k build cost. Remember the 3000GT Spyder? That car used this same tech, and it was stupid expensive. Probably why Nissan went with a soft-top.
      Someone said the roof probably leaks? Having seen how well it fits together in person, I doubt it leaks. Plus, what kind of moron would drive a one-off convertible show-car in the rain? You must be lost, this is not the third gen camaro show.
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