Picture Time: Infiniti's Forgotten M30, With a 300ZX Engine

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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For two years right at the inception of the Infiniti brand, the automaker’s lineup featured an M30 coupe and convertible. Sharing a body with the JDM Nissan Leopard, under the hood lay the VG30 engine from the delightful Nissan 300ZX.

This one’s clean enough to warrant a Picture Time, but not rare enough for Rare Rides duty. Check out this maroon rectangle.

Convertible versions started out as coupes. The drop tops were built at the port of entry on North American shores, as there was no Nissan Leopard convertible in Japan.

The M30 was available only between 1990 and 1992 before being dropped without a replacement.

Indeed, the next convertible offered by Infiniti would arrive a full 17 years later with the introduction of the G37 cabriolet in 2009.

This example is for sale on eBay right now and, apart from a few interior quibbles, is in excellent condition.

Ask is $7,000, and there are lots more pictures on the ad. Have a look — you don’t see these very often in this sort of condition.

[Images via seller]

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  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on Nov 03, 2017

    This and the 1st gen M have been favorites of the 90s for me. I've driven a J30 , which was really the 1st true 4DSC for Nissan. Theres a Matt Farah test drive in an LS swapped J30 on youtube, but that has no appeal to me. Give a VG swap and 5mt.

  • Cls12vg30 Cls12vg30 on Nov 06, 2017

    Engine bay pic is very interesting. It looks like it uses the same shortened intake plenum that's used on VG30E-powered 87-88 S12s. I didn't know any other model used that.

  • Bob65688581 Small by American standards, this car is just right for Europe, and probably China, although I don't really know, there. Upscale small cars don't exist in the US because Americans associate size and luxury, so it will have a tough time in the States... but again Europe is used to such cars. Audi has been making "small, upscale" since forever. As usual, Americans will miss an opportunity. I'll buy one, though!Contrary to your text, the EX30 has nothing whatsoever to do with the XC40 or C40, being built on a dedicated chassis.
  • Tassos Chinese owned Vollvo-Geely must have the best PR department of all automakers. A TINY maker with only 0.5-0.8% market share in the US, it is in the news every day.I have lost count how many different models Volvo has, and it is shocking how FEW of each miserable one it sells in the US market.Approximately, it sells as many units (TOTAL) as is the total number of loser models it offers.
  • ToolGuy Seems pretty reasonable to me. (Sorry)
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  • ToolGuy When you are pulled over for speeding, whether you are given a ticket or not should depend on how attractive you are.Source: My sister 😉