I saw this classic Nissan 300zx commercial on Youtube and just had to write about it. Way back when, I had a 1984 300zx, 2+2 with a 5-speed and 3.0-liter 160 hp V6. Back then this car was the shiznit as it was the technical equivalent of today’s Nissan GT-R. It had a fully digitized dash board with this crazy baby grand piano tachometer, a built in G-meter in the center of the dash, plus it talked! Ladies and gentleman back in the day that was big stuff. With sayings like: “Your door is ajar” or “Your headlights are on”, the 1984 Nissan 300zx was a true master of the obvious.
The 3.0-liter V6 put out 160 hp and although anemic by today’s standards, that was actually a pretty good number back then. Since my car was also a 5-speed, I could just rev it out, dump the clutch and roast the tires at will. It was a really fun ride that also came equipped with t-tops. Speed wise it was no hammer and it topped out at 124 mph. When I first saw this old add I immediately thought it was the cheesiest thing I’d ever seen. Descriptives like, Major Motion and It’s Awesome, were used to describe it and they were no doubt sung by some Pat Benatar lookalike’s in a recording studio someplace. Thinking back on it now though, I was a kid wearing big Vuarnet sunglasses, a tank top and high tops, so maybe yea… it was awesome. Amazing how these old ads stir up the memories isn’t it.