1984 Nissan 300ZX 50th Anniversary – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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One of 119 produced: rare high-spec special edition, great minor project

Nissan’s line of Z-cars traditionally made for great classic collectibles: often had for relatively little outlay (comparatively speaking), and coming with great styling and genuine GT and sporting credentials.

It’s the original 240Z that gets the most interest from traditionalists, purists and collectors; but steep price increases over the past few years have priced those beauties well out of reach more many everyday enthusiasts.

The later 80s Zs are far more affordable, and while they were once passed over for moving away from their sporting roots to a more relaxed boulevard cruiser, they’ve come into their own as genuinely sublime long-distance grand tourers. We’d even go as far to call them ‘handsome’ looking things these days!


Like many Z-generations sold locally, Australia only got the 2+2 T-top body configuration with only the modest naturally aspirated 3.0lt V6 available until 1985. From 1986 to 1988, Nissan Australia only offered the turbo variant, sans adjustable shocks which featured in overseas markets.

The Australian market also gained a limited run 119 50th anniversary models. They mimicked the American market’s limited edition model of the same name, except without the neat widebody rear guards and only in non-turbo guise.


The Aussie 50th anniversary models were very highly-specified compared to Australia’s already up-spec’d cars. They gained silver and black two-tone paint, separated by gold pinstriping, 50th anniversary emblems, 15" mag wheels, front and rear spoilers, black velour interior with 50th anniversary regalia in the seats, digital instrument cluister, climate control, cruise control, LSD and sport suspension.

This one comes to market intact and in fair condition overall. The interior is in great condition and the car has covered just 146,000kms over its life.


The seller does state that the car could use a "going over due to age" and that there is a "small amount of rust"; we also spy some quarter panel damage to the front passenger side. Overall the car looks to be in fair condition without needing any major work, and shouldn’t take too much to get up to scratch.

The car also appears to come with various pieces of original documentation, including owner’s manual, service history and brochures.

The car is based in South Australia and is listed for $10,000

Check out the full listing here!


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