• Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
The Z31-platform 300ZX was introduced for the 1984 model year (badged as both a Datsun and a Nissan that year) and American-market sales of the Z31 continued through the 1989 model year. I still see plenty of these cars at self-service wrecking yards in California and Colorado, but their numbers have declined in the last couple of years. Here's one I saw last week in Denver.



This one was left for too long on private property and got red-tagged. The car's owner may have left a heartfelt note pleading with the tow-truck driver, but we all know that never works. Then the usual sequence of towing/impound/auction/junkyard took place.



It's hard to tell how much of the body damage took place before the car ended up getting discarded, and how much is the result of rough junkyard handling. It's not rusty, but the interior appears to have suffered from a lengthy period with the T-tops removed.

Of course, to be really cool in the 1980s, you needed turbocharging. Still, today's Junkyard Gem deserved a fate better than what it got.

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