Forgotten Cars: The "J" Stands For "Just Fine, Thank You Very Much"

Welcome to Forgotten Cars, where we highlight fascinating cars and engines that are obscure, unrecognized and lost to the passage of time. » 11/25/12 2:00pm 11/25/12 2:00pm

Jay Leno Exposes The (Possible) Future Of The Nissan Z In Japan

The original Datsun 240Z is considered one of the most iconic and important sports cars ever made. The two-seat coupe offered great performance, exotic looks, a reasonable price tag — and it didn't leak oil on the showroom floor, unlike some of its European competition. The car hammered its British and Italian… » 10/07/12 11:00am 10/07/12 11:00am

1990 Nissan 300ZX owners have awesome dreams

The only place you'll have any luck outrunning street bikes, race cars and planes in a 1990 Nissan 300ZX is in a dream, but what a dream it is. » 10/09/11 11:00am 10/09/11 11:00am

And the Winner Is...

How many times has the 24 Hours of LeMons ripped out the hearts of Nissan Z lovers? I can think of at least a dozen races in which Zs led or at least contended for the lead... and then disaster! » 8/08/10 11:30pm 8/08/10 11:30pm

Nearly The Engine Swap Of The Day: Saab Turbo B Into Nissan 300ZX!

Dropping an L28ET yanked from a Datsun 280ZX Turbo into a third-gen Firebird and racing the result was a good idea, which makes today's swap a great idea! » 7/25/10 11:00am 7/25/10 11:00am

Want To Buy A Porn Star's Hot-Rodded Nissan?

Adult film star Peter North is selling his Stillen-modified, 516-hp Nissan 300ZX on eBay. The car has 15,000 miles on it. We'll let you make your own jokes with this one. [eBayMotors] » 7/20/10 4:00pm 7/20/10 4:00pm

Top Gear USA Hosts Race Beaters

The BBC version of Top Gear is cutting back on the ridiculously expensive stunts. So is Top Gear USA. This spy photo shows the hosts racing a 1970s Coupe de Ville, Nissan 300ZX, and a Ford T-Bird. (H/T to Yulmbicile!) » 6/22/10 5:15pm 6/22/10 5:15pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Nissan Z Car

We've seen the miserable racetrack reliability of the 240Z/260Z/280Z/280ZX/300ZX at enough LeMons races to see the pattern, but the real surprise has been the large number of Zs that managed to keep running well enough to make the top third. Will a Z ever take the overall win? Doubtful… but anything can happen on a… » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

A Serious 1994 300ZX Requests $21,000

Brett Goodman wants to sell you his car, but only if you're serious. That pretty much leaves out Nice Price or Crack Pipe, because we can't keep a straight face looking at the price. » 12/10/09 7:30am 12/10/09 7:30am

Why Don't Datsun Zs Dominate The 24 Hours Of LeMons?

It's a real head-scratcher: the Datsun/Nissan Z has plenty of six-banger power, independent rear suspension, four-wheel discs, good build quality… yet so far none has placed better than eighth in LeMons. Why is that? » 6/27/09 12:00pm 6/27/09 12:00pm

Chinese Lamborghini Mucielago Built From Nissan 300ZX

Some joker in China thought it would be fun to build a Verde Ithaca Lamborghini Murcielago out of a paltry donor-Nissan 300ZX. Dude, you really are doing it wrong. » 4/02/09 8:00am 4/02/09 8:00am

The 1984 Nissan Fairlady Z, Now With Plasma VG30DET And T-Bar Roof!


Sure, you could get a Z with T-tops in North America, but somehow the Japanese-market "T-Bar Roof" just sounds better. » 2/02/09 2:00pm 2/02/09 2:00pm

24 Hours Of LeMons Arse Freeze-A-Palooza Über Gallery: Awesome Datsuns,…

We've started to see quite a few 300ZXs at LeMons races, in addition to the usual crop of 280Zs and 280ZXs. For reasons we don't understand, the Zs haven't been so reliable at LeMons races; at some point, though, one of them is bound to dominate a race. We're also hearing rumors of a possible 510 at a future West… » 1/09/09 2:00pm 1/09/09 2:00pm

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: 50th Anniversary Nissan 300ZX Turbos On (30…

Times are good for Z-car fans looking for a low-mileage 50th Anniversary 300ZX Turbo, because two different sellers are vying for your money… nearly $30,000 of your money! » 1/05/09 8:00am 1/05/09 8:00am

Creator Of Driveshaft-Through-The-Skull Design Takes 8th Place At…

While at the 24 Hours of LeMons South event, I saw four racing team members (on four different teams) wearing Driveshaft Through The Skull T-Shirts during the course of the weekend- pretty impressive, given that we only made 84 of them and they were shipped all over the world. The proud wearers of those shirts might… » 7/30/08 2:00pm 7/30/08 2:00pm

We'd Question The Legality Of A 15-inch Windshield LCD

Any AutoX'er can testify that the Nissan 300zx is one heck of a fun car to drive. With that being said, we're baffled that one particular Boston 1991 Nissan 300zx owner would feel the need to install a 15-inch LCD screen right in the view of the windshield. Sure, there's space to the left and right to, you know, see… » 5/20/08 1:40pm 5/20/08 1:40pm

Project Car Hell, Richmond Edition: 2002 or 300ZX?

The Neon trounced the Protege in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll, which is something of a surprise given that a Protege won the Thunderhill race and would be more hellish to set up as a race car due to the automatic transmission. But no matter- today we're going to see which of two radically different cars will… » 1/03/08 5:00pm 1/03/08 5:00pm

PCH, Turbo Madness Edition: 944 or 300ZX?

We're not exactly shocked to see the Lagonda administering a pounding to the Alfa Romeo Giuletta in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll; after all, the Aston Martin's CRT dashboard alone is simultaneously cool enough to move you to tears of joy and flaky enough to make your brain feel like it has angry birds… » 12/06/07 5:30pm 12/06/07 5:30pm

Nissan Engineers Tease the Masses: 350Z GT-S Concept

One of our greatest regrets in life was the night when the busty, pro-S&M temptress with the 300ZX Twin Turbo invited us back to her hotel room saying, "I've got a 1.5L of Maker's Mark" and we said no. And while we totally blew it with the world's greatest woman, it's nice to know British Nissan engineers have built… » 12/07/06 10:00am 12/07/06 10:00am