When you think about Infiniti convertibles (if you think about them at all), it’s likely that your mind goes to the convertible version of the Infiniti G Series that changed its name to the Q60 in 2014 and eventually dropped the convertible option. This is the most recent example of a convertible from Nissan’s luxury brand, but it isn’t the first. That honor goes to the Infiniti M30, today’s Autotrader Find, which is a 1991 model with just 3,415 miles on the clock.
If you’re like most people, the Infiniti M30 is a car you’ve never heard of. In fact, when you hear “Infiniti M30,” it would be understandable if you thought that was the name of a computer processor or a vacuum cleaner or something. The M30 was a badge-engineered version of the Nissan Leopard, which is a car that was never sold in the U.S. as a Nissan. The M30 was one of the two models that the Infiniti brand launched alongside the flagship Q45 sedan. This 2-door was intended to be Infiniti’s answer to the Lexus SC.
The M30 was only in production for three years (just two years for the convertible) and was a bit of a flop for the new-at-the-time Infiniti brand. While it came standard with a V6 engine similar to the one used in the Nissan 300ZX, it was underpowered considering the car’s stock curb weight of 3,333 pounds for the coupe. Since the convertible version required extra reinforcements to the body and chassis, it was even heavier. The competing Lexus SC had a similar weight, but a stronger 6-cylinder engine and a V8 option.
Despite the commercial failure of the M30, it has a bit of a cult following today. The Nissan F31 platform that it’s built on is sought after in the drifting community for its rigidity and just the fact that it’s something a little different from your average drift car. It’s not unheard of for a stronger engine from a Nissan sports car to be swapped into an M30.
If you’re looking for a comfy convertible that you just don’t see every day, this maroon Infiniti M30 is a good way to drive something that nobody else is driving without being too flashy. It’s also in perfect condition with a little over 3,000 miles on it, and you’ll probably get a ton of life out of it. However, parts availability might be an issue since it’s a pretty uncommon car in the U.S. Find an Infiniti M30 for sale