I think I’m starting to realize that there aren’t many cars out there that meet all of my expectations and of those that are out there the chances that one will come up for sale are pretty slim. I ran across this white 1996 300ZX 2+2 in Kentucky over a month ago in my search but since it was so far away and had damage I opted to wait and see if something better came along. Now I’m starting to realize there is a real possibility that nothing better will come along.
I started out wanting a white 300 and then decided that red was the color that I must have. Now that I have done a lot more looking around and have seen what else is out there I realize that there are quite a few red ones that have been fixed up nicely. That doesn’t necessarily deter me from doing the same but I rarely see a white one that has been upgraded in the way that I would plan on upgrading. Another thing that I thought about is that the first Z car that I ever had was white so this color makes perfect sense, not to mention I think it looks pretty sharp when it’s all waxed up.
This car was initially listed at $6500 and then the day after he listed it someone backed into the front passenger side fender so he dropped the price to $5400 (he has since gone to $5000). I have considered pulling the trigger many times but just can’t seem to figure out the most cost effective way to get it back to Oklahoma. The last time I communicated with him he was getting the fender fixed and told me that he’d send photos once that is done. I’m not sure yet what he will be asking for the car once that is fixed but I hope it doesn’t increase too much. If the price is still right after the repairs and the car is still available I will be making the move to finalize this purchase and at that point I’ll figure out exactly how to get the deal done remotely as well as getting it here. I would assume the safe bet for the owner and myself is to use a service like escrow.com to complete the transaction but then I think he might not go for that if it’s going to be a week or 2 before I can get to Kentucky to pick it up. I’ve purchased cars remotely before without using a service like that so I might just use those methods which rely on good old fashioned honesty.
I’ll pull up the VIN search that I did on this car from autocheck.com later today and refresh my memory. Then I probably need to call the owner and discuss the details. I am tired of searching and if I even remotely think this is the one I need to jump on it before it’s gone.
UPDATE: I contacted the seller and he still has the car. It should be out of the repair shop on Tuesday. I put in an offer on the car so we’ll see how it goes. If he accepts it I’ll hopefully be flying out to Lexington, KY sometime this week!
I was getting ready to write a post about the need for a “Z Rescue” because of all of the Zs that I’ve come across in my search that are on their last leg. I was looking for a post on craigslist that I had seen of 2 300ZXs that were pretty ragged out to use some of the pictures from it. I pulled up craigslist for San Antonio, TX since that is where I thought they were and searched for “300zx”. I noticed the top post was for a “95 300zx” so I took a look at it. It was actually a Cherry Red ’94 just like I used to have. I almost missed this one because my craigslist RSS search that pulls to my Microsoft Outlook was set to look for “1994 or 1995 or 1996” but not “94 or 95 or 96”. I’ve since added those variables to the search but I feel maybe dumb luck brought me in touch with this car. It looks to be in OK condition and he’s asking $4500 for it. It has 180,000 miles on it but if I could get it for around $4000 I would snap it up in a heartbeat.
The best that I can tell from all of the photos it has been sitting out in the sun for a big part of it’s existence because a lot of the black trim and plastic is peeling or fading and the seats are cracked. I plan on doing quite a bit of work on the interior anyway so that doesn’t bother me. We’ll just have to see how negotiable the price is… the post says “NO LESS” than the $4500 but perhaps I’ll get lucky.
I’ve also located a 1995 2+2 in Orlando, FL with this new craigslist search but I’m not sure yet if it’s an automatic or a 5 speed. I’ll post an update about it later if it looks promising.
I haven’t had any real luck lately in my 300ZX search but I’m sure the perfect one will pop up soon… or will it? I thought maybe I am being too picky on the colors that I’ve narrowed it down to (basically red, white, black and silver) which leaves only 272 with black interiors that were made in 1994, 1995 and 1996. I decided to see how many of all colors were made in those years and it turns out there were only 332 so even if I decide that I will settle for a purple or green one then that doesn’t improve my chances all that much.
I decided to open the search up to all colors because I had a thought, if I could save money by finding one in need of a paint job maybe I could paint it yellow like some of the J-Spec late 90s models that I have seen. Yellow would certainly be a unique color here in the US for a 2+2 or any Z for that matter. I would have to have the paint job done right and take the car down to it’s skivvies to make sure none of the original color could be seen. I then have thoughts that maybe that is the wrong thing to do, to not keep the car with it’s factory color but I’m probably just being too straight laced there. At any rate, I’m still searching, I ran across a purple one in Colorado that looks pretty solid but I haven’t 100% decided on operation-yellow.
The next thing that I’ve noticed is that the interior on these U.S. cars is not black. I’ve seen photos of Z32s with black in their interiors but maybe that is just a J-Spec thing? This also throws a kink in my plans because I don’t think the gray interior will look as nice with the tan leather as black would. I guess I am going to have to research if you can buy J-Spec OEM dash and interior parts for left hand drive cars. Now my mind is really spinning, so the thought then crosses my mind, if I’m going to have to buy new interior parts anyway then maybe I should add the tan interior as an option I’d consider? I looked at the Z Registry to see how many 5 speed 2x2s where made with all colors and all interiors from 1994-1996 and there were 591. Well, now it appears I have some more thinking to do but for now I plan on being open to any color that I see and will only judge the car based on condition and price (including the cost to get it here to Oklahoma).
You can probably tell that I am pretty wishy washy during this search, it seems that I learn something new every day. I don’t pretend to be a Z car expert although I’d like to be someday.