Pick of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX, a low-mileage JDM with RHD

The original-condition sports coupe would be a hit with the import crowd

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The 300ZX is black with a gray interior, and the steering wheel on the right

Be the envy of your JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) buddies or drift crowd with the Pick of the Day, a right-hand-drive 1991 Nissan 300ZX.

Showing just over 37,000 miles and in what looks like clean original condition, the sport coupe was apparently imported directly from an owner in Japan, where it was “well-maintained,” according to the dealer in Lynden, Washington, advertising the Nissan on ClassicCars.com.

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The dealer has several other JDM cars advertised on the ClassicCars.com website, all interesting low-mileage sport models. This is the one that caught my eye since I’ve always been a fan of this generation of Nissan Z car, and how cool would it be to have a right-hooker to show off?

The Nissan is black with a gray interior and looks great in the photos with the ad.

The description of the Nissan is pretty sparse, saying only that the car runs and drives great, and is fully equipped with power seats, audio, T-tops and such. The engine is a 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V6 (VG30DE for all you mostly young JDM fanatics) fed through a 5-speed manual transmission.


For those who’ve never maneuvered a right-hand-drive car on U.S. roads, it’s definitely an ability you have to acquire. While all the pedals are the same – clutch on the left and throttle on the right of the brake – you do have to contend with shifting gears with your left hand. But it’s easy once you get used to it.

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Some things are not as easy. Using the inside rear-view mirror, which is up and to your left, is especially strange and surprisingly difficult to master. Also hard are passing maneuvers on two-lane roads since you have to pull out almost all the way into the oncoming lane to see around the car ahead.

Drive-through windows and toll booths are hard as well, and never get easier.

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But for anyone willing to undertake the adventure, this 300ZX would be a great way to inflate your JDM credentials, and at an asking price of just $9,950, which seems like a striking bargain for the right person. This Nissan also is on the short list of future collector cars.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

5 COMMENTS

  1. This car is not the twin turbo. Also being from Japan you really have no record of original mileage. One good thing with right hand driver you have no blind spots. just a standard is too difficult to learn its wonky. I do believe if you can get a left hand dash and new wiring harnesses and some minor mods you could change it but its costly in the labor costs.

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  2. Hiya Bob- I always liked the sort of reptilian styling of this gen Zcar. And turbo or not, though heavy were great fun to drive.
    However- and isn’t this always the case?- the best description of these I ever read was that they were “fiendishly complex”… take a good look at the engine compartment pic. I have a 40th anniversary Holden Monaro/Pontiac GTO, and comparing my alloy V8 LS1, with a/c, power everything, Trac control, ABS, hydraulic clutch (Save The Sticks!), well, for an incrementally larger car, my engine compartment looks like something from the ’70s. OBD/OBD2 or not, I’d hate to have to diagnose any issues with the Z.
    Sweet car for the right owner, tho’.

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