It sounds like something straight out of the movie Gone in 60 Seconds: Brand-new sports car stolen from the dealership and stashed away in a container ship for decades. But according to the seller of this Nissan 300ZX, that’s exactly what happened here, resulting in a 27-year-old car with just 400 miles (!) on its odometer.
The Pick of the Day is a 1993 Nissan 300ZX that has been stashed away – either in hiding, in storage or on long-term dealer display – for its entire life. The Glacier Pearl Metallic coupe is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Troutman, North Carolina.
“This is a NEW never-registered 1993 Nissan 300ZX with 404 miles from new,” according to the ad. “It was stolen from the original selling dealer and put in a container to be shipped out of the country.
“In 2007, the police recovered it and the dealer’s insurance company took ownership and sold it to a dealer in NJ, who sold it to its current owner, who has had it in storage ever since.”
The 300ZX model was introduced by Nissan in the United States in 1984 and sold through 1996 in two different generations, with the “Z32” chassis second-gen debuting for the 1990 model year. Its wedge styling and low stance gave it a racy demeanor, and its 3-liter V6 provided the “go” to back up the look, thanks to generating 222 horsepower.
Also available was a 300-horsepower twin-turbo engine variant, and the 300ZX could be outfitted in either two-seat or four-seat configurations. Perhaps this wide variety of options contributed to the Z32 being a hot seller for Nissan right out of the gate, with nearly 40,000 sold during the launch model year in 1990.
Prospective buyers of this 300ZX will notice in the listing’s photo gallery that the vehicle even comes with a tag inside the fuel filler door that says “Congratulations on your new vehicle.” This Nissan Z could be the next best thing to getting into a time machine and traveling back to 1993 to buy one off the showroom floor.
The dealership is asking $22,500.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.