Friday I acquired an interesting new car; a 1990 Nissan 300ZX TT with 632 miles on the odometer.
This car had been used in a 1990 Super Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott called "the Dream" Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo Commercial.
At the end of the commercial the car performs a jump. Apparently it was slightly damaged (the vinyl nose was probably broken). The nose was replaced (but not painted) and the car was donated to the University of California Long Beach with the understanding that for liability purposes, it never be driven on the street.
The car sat in the university's warehouse for the last 25 years until they decided to sell it for parts on the Public Surplus website. I receive regular notices from the website and noticed the car for sale.
Well, I was the only bidder--I think other potential bidders were scarred off by the warnings that the car was being auctioned off for "parts only" and "frame excluded" in red letters. Obviously they had to let me have the whole car for "the parts".
Apparently the car was originally black--but hastily repainted silver for the commercial--and the windows including the windshield were covered in dark film--you see that in the commercial. There is also a piece of black cardboard stuck over the radio.
The car is in almost new condition--the interior even smells almost new. The silver paint is pretty cheap and fading in spots as well as over-sprayed a bit on the glass and the clutch pedal is limp. I would expect that many of the seals and the timing belt should be changed before any attempt was made to start the car. Also, oil should probably be injecting into the cylinders and so on. The tires look new but they are 26 years old.
Also, even though there stickers all over the car stating that its a twin turbo, I think its actually a naturally aspirated model. I have it in a storage container and don't intend to drive it.
Does anybody have an idea how much this car is worth?
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on Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:24 am, edited 1 time in total.
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