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Autotrader Find: Imported Right-Hand Drive Nissan 300ZX

The "Z32" Nissan 300ZX was sold in the United States from 1990 to 1996, and its values have never really taken off — despite many predictions that, eventually, they’ll start to rise. Indeed, nice 300ZX models from this era are still relatively common — and while values are certainly on the upswing, these just aren’t quite rare enough for collectors to get excited about. But this particular example is cooler than a normal 300ZX. See the used Nissan 300ZX models for sale near you

What you see above is a Nissan Fairlady Z, which is what the Z has usually been called in Japan. And, indeed, it’s a nice one: It’s a twin-turbocharged model, which is by far the most desirable version, and it’s a manual. It’s also right-hand drive — and that’s because this Fairlady Z has been imported from Japan. It’s also a 1989 model, from before the Z was sold in the United States — and, from the looks of things, it’s in excellent condition.

It’s no surprise that it’s in original condition, as the seller says this Z has just 26,000 original miles — not unusual to find in a well-kept car coming from Japan, as older, used cars in Japan usually become too worn for the government to allow them to pass the country’s notoriously strict safety inspection. This one is nowhere near "too worn," and the condition looks excellent, with barely-used seats and even the original stereo.

If you’re interested, this Fairlady Z is available from a private seller near Salt Lake City, and it’s offered for $18,000 — likely about what you’d spend to get a US-market 300ZX in similar shape, even though this one is far more interesting. Find a used Nissan 300ZX for sale

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    • I’m a lefty and while I’ve never driven one, I think a right-hand drive car would drive me crazy. I can’t use a mouse with my left hand for instance. 

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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