Datsun 300zx

The Datsun 300ZX, also known as the Nissan 300ZX and as the Nissan Fairlady Z, is a sports car produced by Nissan. It makes up the third and fourth generations of the Z-car line-up. The 300ZX name followed the numerical convention put forth by Yutaka Katayama, President of Nissan Motors USA at the time. This naming was in use in the North American, European, and Australian markets. On the other hand, in the Japanese home market, the official name Fairlady Z is used. This baby features a 3.0 liter, V6, naturally aspirated or turbocharged engine. The naturally aspirated Z32 engine 2has 222 hp and 198 foot-pounds-force versus the Z31, which has 153 hp and 182 foot-pounds-force. The main distinction between the newer motor and the previous one is the addition of dual overhead camshafts, and for the turbocharged version, dual intercoolers and variable valve timing. The Z31 chassis was created in light of the previous Z-car, the Nissan 280ZX, and had two special editions based upon it. The 50th Anniversary Edition appropriately focused on luxury to celebrate the company's semi-centennial, which passed in 1984. The other special release, known as the Shiro Special, which was released 4 years later, boasted performance-oriented upgrades. The styling of this automobile was completely redesigned with the release of the Z32, tending toward finer curves and more proficient aerodynamics. Although not technically a special edition, in 1996 Nissan designated the final 300 American units as the Commemorative Edition. Unfortunately, production of the Z32 ceased outside of the home market and continued in Japan only until August of 2000. Nevertheless, throughout its life, the 300ZX has been praised by critics. Respected Car and Driver placed the car on its Ten Best list for 6 consecutive years and Motor Trend awarded it as the 1990 Import Car of the Year.