By on November 2, 2017

Image: 1991 Infiniti M30For 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.

Image: 1991 Infiniti M30Convertible 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.

Image: 1991 Infiniti M30

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

Image: 1991 Infiniti M30Indeed, the next convertible offered by Infiniti would arrive a full 17 years later with the introduction of the G37 cabriolet in 2009.

Image: 1991 Infiniti M30This example is for sale on eBay right now and, apart from a few interior quibbles, is in excellent condition.

Image: 1991 Infiniti M30Ask 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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29 Comments on “Picture Time: Infiniti’s Forgotten M30, With a 300ZX Engine...”


  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    I would think its rare enough. I would love a coupe. I remember driving one back in the day, and the weird feeling of the back of the car dropping a few inches when placed in reverse. Seems like someone here told me why this happened, but i can’t recall more than that.

    This (in coupe form), along with the curvy J30, would be prime candidates for an unorthodox manual trans conversion. Seems like I found that it had been done the last time I Googled it.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    The Leopard was a competitor to the 2nd-gen Toyota Soarer, but didn’t sell nearly as well so Nisssan left it to rot. The Leopard was well past its sell-by date by the time the Infiniti version rolled off the boat.

    $7,000 is pretty close to just getting a JDM survivor with a DOHC turbo engine instead of the 150hp mill here. It wouldn’t be a convertible, though.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Good point. $7k seems a little wild. I found a decent example in Florida not long ago, it was under $3500.

      Here it is:
      https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/cto/d/1992-infinity-m30-convertable/6331889280.html

      There were a couple more besides this one.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        That one in Fla. looks kind of rough to me, to be honest.

        Seven grand is a bit high, but look at the condition and mileage on this car. It’s exceptional.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus

          I don’t see a $5,000 difference. The Florida one needs maybe another couple grand to have it as presentable as the one featured, if that much, and you’d still be in it well below $7k. No, it won’t be as low mileage, but its not like 117k on a 1992 is exceptionally high. At least it was driven somewhat, and not allowed to sit and rot.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            I can’t imagine there being much of a market for replacements on this model, so “making it presentable” might not be an option.

            Point taken, seven seems high, but I’d say six would be fair. The one Corey posted is a creampuff.

  • avatar
    JMII

    Love that interior… nice and blocky, very 80s-ish. Is just so straight forward with clear, well placed, large buttons – no over styled curves or silly touchscreens.

  • avatar
    dchturbo

    “I *TOLD* you they made an Infiniti convertible!”

    Probably this car’s only moment of fame, however brief it was.

  • avatar
    ajla

    No cover for the top when it’s down?

  • avatar
    gottacook

    I recall seeing these when new. A “luxury” convertible introduced in 1990 shouldn’t have had a plastic rear window, regardless of whether it was turned into a convertible after shipment. I know there was no need for the car to be a serious effort, it was just a placeholder – but this was disappointing all the same.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I’d love this car as a weekend cruiser…

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    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.

  • avatar

    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.

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