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Pick of the Day: Nissan celebrated 50 years with turbo V6 in the 300 ZX

Anniversary coupe was packed with features and offered only one option — a choice of transmissions


After the 240Z, 260Z and 280Z sports cars, for 1979 Datsun introduced the new 280ZX. This new model had a more luxurious interior, but it also came with 4-wheel disc brakes. For the 1984 model year, the ZX got a new engine, becoming the first Japanese car powered by a V6 rather than an inline 6-cylinder.

The car also got new body styling and one of them, a 1984 Nissan 300 ZX 50th Anniversary edition is the Pick of the Day. It is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Philadelphia.

In addition to equipping the 300 ZX with a V6, Nissan offered the 3.0-liter powerplant in normally aspirated or turbocharged versions, one rated at 160 horsepower and the other boosted to 200 horsepower. 

The Pick of the Day, which wears both Nissan and Datsun badges, has the turbocharged engine linked to 4-speed automatic transmission.

“This 1984 Nissan 300 ZX is powered by a 3.0L MPI V6 engine backed by an automatic transmission. The 1984 300ZX 50th Anniversary Edition, released to celebrate the automaker’s half-century, was a turbocharged coupe (two-seater) model with a Silver/Black color scheme. 

“The only option available to the 50th Anniversary Edition was the choice between an automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission,” the dealership notes in the advertisement.

“All 50th Anniversary Edition (cars) came equipped with a digital dash and ancillary gauges including average mileage, G-force, and compass readouts, in-car electronic adjustable shocks, Bodysonic speakers in the seats, cruise and radio controls in the steering wheel, mirrored t-tops, embroidered leather seats, embroidered floor mats, sixteen-inch (406 mm) aluminum wheels, rear fender flares, flared front fenders, a 50th AE logo badge on the driver’s side front fender, and grey cloth indoor car cover with 50AE printing.”

The dealer adds that Nissan produced 5,148 anniversary cars for the US market and 300 for Canada. 

“This 1986 Nissan 300 ZX was garage kept and always well maintained and it shows,” the dealer adds. “This classic is stunning in Gray with black leather interior that is in like new condition. The 300 ZX will attract attention where ever you go be it your local car cruise or just driving down the street.”

This “time capsule” vehicle has T-tops and air conditioning, as well as AM/FM/cassette audio, cruise control, leather power seats, power locks and windows and rides on factory wheels with radial tires.

It is being offered for $26,000. 

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

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Tony B, I agree, worked with a girl who had one….husband worked fo Delta Air…she told me it was her retirement plan.

  2. How can it be 50 years for a a 1984 vehicle? Last I looked on a calendar it’s 2021 and if you subtract 1984 it comes up 37 year ago🤔 sorry it’s its way too much money for a DATSUN😂

  3. How pathetic you people are for commenting on how ugly you think this car is. Seriously. There is something really wrong with you losers.


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