The search for my next 300ZX is about 3 months old now and I may have finally made up my mind to make a move on one. This is a white 1996 2+2 that is for sale in Kentucky and I have been in talks with the owner the past couple of days trying to iron out the details.
This car is VIN JN1RZ26D8TX590627 which is one of only 19 White 5 speed 2+2s made in 1996 that had the charcoal interior. From the pictures that I have seen it looks to be in very good condition, the owner is getting the fender replaced and painted so it should be cosmetically sound. If I do end up with this car I haven’t decided the first thing that I will do to it. I may opt to do the wheels depending on how much tread the tires have left. I don’t think that it has the kind of exhaust on it that I like so I may end up going with a new exhaust and intake as my first upgrade.
Once again, I’m just rambling now but I wanted to post this quick update that the search may be over and the fun is just about to begin.
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 ran across this 1995 300ZX on craigslist a few days ago. I had emailed the owner when I first saw it to find out if it was a 2+2 but never heard back so I had forgotten about it. I noticed the link in my browser history and clicked on it today and recalled that I hadn’t followed up on this one. I still can’t tell for sure from the photos if it is a 2+2 or not, it seems like maybe it’s not but I definitely need to find out. If it is then I have some quick research to do (VIN look-up) and then decide if I want to put in an offer on it.
I could definitely go for a black car even though the pictures confirm to me more than ever that the interior on all U.S. models is gray or charcoal I believe it is called. As I have mentioned though, my plans include to one day redo the leather and suede in the interior to be a dark tan color so the color of the leather is a non issue. The color of the other plastic parts in the interior though, that is an issue. I think a black car, when it is clean, is one of sleekest colors you can get. The “when it is clean” part is where it gets tricky; they tend to get dirty pretty quickly.
I’ll for sure continue to follow up on this Z32 while keeping my eyes peeled for any more that come available. I almost wish I had the patience to wait until the fall or winter when the prices on some of these might drop but then I think that there might not even be any available at that time. Perhaps if I did wait though I would get lucky and there is some great dad out there who currently owns a 1995 Red 2+2 who will need to buy his kids some awesome Christmas presents and have to part with his beloved vehicle… a man can dream. Reality is, I’ll never wait that long!
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