For the hardcore enthusiast, a Nissan 300ZX 2+2 with the naturally aspirated version of the 3.0-liter V6 and an automatic gearbox might not seem especially cool, but this is the ultimate spec for someone with a family (like me). The rear seat means there’s a place for the dog, and the automatic gearbox means my wife can drive the car, too. T-Tops are a great compromise between a full convertible and a true hardtop. The 222-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 doesn't provide neck-snapping performance, but it offers enough oomph for a fun time when cruising the backroads. Grand tourers sometimes get a bad reputation for putting comfort ahead of driving capabilities, but when you just want to take a weekend drive, it's the perfect setup.
The 300ZX also offers nostalgia value for folks with fond memories of growing up in the 1990s (also, like me). In Northeast Ohio, these cars weren't a common sight, and that rarity made them cool. While paltry by modern standards, a 300-hp biturbo V6 was quite impressive at the time, too.
As proof that the 300ZX is unassailably cool, just watch two of the best car commercials of the 1990s. In one, director Ridley Scott sold the coupe's available twin-turbo V6 in the best way possible. The other takes a more whimsical approach by how G.I. Joe would use a 300ZX to pick up Barbie.
The 300ZX also proved itself on the track, particularly in 1994 when the biturbo won the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona, and took a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a single season.
— Chris Bruce