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At $5,600, Is This 1991 Infiniti M30 Convertible A Very Good Deal?

Good Price or No Dice 1991 Infiniti M30

In its home market, today Good price or no dice M30 sold under Nissan badge as Leopard. Let’s see if this fairly rare convertible can make a name for itself in our vote.

We all know the certainties in life include death, taxes, and the fact that the Ford Mustang generally offers the best value money can buy. It’s also well known that a fool and his money are soon parted ways, and a lot of foolish people spend their hard-earned money on Mustangs only to do crazy things that usually result in the car ending up in a tree or on a curb.

Maybe cars like the 2017 Ford Mustang GT we looked at yesterday should come with some kind of warning label, much like vape pens or those insidiously tempting dry-cleaning bags that are supposed to pose a choking hazard. That’s a very serious thought considering yesterday’s Mustang offered 435 horsepower and an asking price of $21,000. This puts these ponies within reach of the teeming masses. Warning label or not, the majority of you ignored the obvious threat posed by the Mustang and handed the car a sizable 75% win over the Nice Price. Let’s be safe out there, guys.

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One way to be safe is to drive this 1991 Infiniti M30 Convertible. It’s because there’s safety in numbers and while the styling of the Infiniti may be harmless enough, it’s likely to draw crowds wherever it goes since everyone is going to want to know,’ isn’t this the car they were arguing about in the movie three kings?”

For the two of you who aren’t familiar, there’s quite a bit in the Iraq War heist movie. three kings where the character played by Ice Cube argues with the character of Mark Wahlberg about the latter wanting to buy a Lexus convertible, with Ice blaming him that what he’s really thinking about is an Infiniti like this.

Alas, we descended into another rabbit hole. Sorry about that.

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Nissan launched Infiniti in the US as a premium brand around the same time Toyota was doing the same with Lexus (hence the confusion of Marky Mark). At launch, the brand revolved around two models, the Q45 which was a rebadged and upgraded version of the Nissan President, and the M30 which was a warmed up Nissan Leopard. To say that Infiniti hasn’t had the same success as Lexus is an understatement. Both brands are still around these days, but luxury Toyotas hold far more cachet in the eyes of American car buyers than luxury Nissans, if they even remember the brand exists.

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Infiniti tried to curry favor with buyers by contracting with American Specialty Company (ASC) in California to cut the tops off some of the company’s M30 models. It created convertibles like the one you see here and gave Infiniti something that Lexus didn’t have at the time. A total of about 2,800 were converted.

Everything else about the car, from its 162 horsepower VG30E 3.0-liter V6 to its four-speed automatic and independent suspension all around remained the same. However, the extra reinforcement meant that all of those parts had to work a little harder since the convertible weighs a few pounds more than the coupe.

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This one comes with a clean title and only 72,000 miles under its belt. The ad states that the condition of the car is “excellent”, although there are a few caveats to this statement. These include some wear on the very ‘Nineties cream-colored leather upholstery, a warning in the ad of an imminent need for new tie-rods and, most glaringly, a roof that has both an unpleasant rear window and an unwillingness to move unaided.

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None of these issues appear to be a problem and the ad states that a new plastic sheet for the window has been ordered and will come with the car. Other aspects look decent, with good paint and factory alloys that seem rash-free. According to the seller, the car has passed a recent condition inspection, comes with new brakes all around and has no rust. According to the ad copy, it “runs and drives great.”

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What can such a condition and automotive anonymity be worth? The seller lists the car at $5,600 and says he recently lowered the price to that amount after getting no bites at a higher number.

What do you think? East it’s worth as much as featured in the ad? Or, does that price make it an Infiniti you’d go beyond?

You decide!

Providence, Rhode Island, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

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