1985 Nissan 300 ZX Turbo convertible - 48k miles - $10,950 - Phoenix, AZ

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday: a nicely-kept and super-rare example of the Z31 generation Z-car in convertible guise. Never offered by the factory, the conversion was completed by Straman Coachworks in Orange County for a cost of about $8000, and I must say it really transforms the looks.

Offered on craigslist HERE by a private seller in Phoenix, this convertible Z also features a manual gearbox mated to the VG-series turbocharged V6 putting out about 200 hp. It won’t be a drag race champ, but the combo should be plenty to achieve an enjoyably brisk pace, especially with the top down.

For about ten grand, the car is not much more expensive than an equally-nice 300ZX coupe. But it sure is a lot more interesting.



Awesome. Didn’t even know these existed. Seems like kind of a bargain.


Cool car and a shining example of an aftermarket drop top done right. This company (Straman) went through the trouble to fabricate / modify the rear quarters to make it look as if the car was designed and produced from the start as a convertible.

Compare this Nissan’s clean look to the inelegant hack jobs done on the 3rd gen Camaro / Firebird, Porsche 944 / 968 and Mitsu 3000 GT convertibles, all of which had hokey plastic caps slapped atop the rear quarter panels, hiding where the Sawzall did its dirty deed…

944 s2 cab