Nissan 300 Seta by Zagato


You know when enthusiasts get together and we start to go, "Hey, you know what would be really great?" …and then the group prattles off a number of desirable ingredients, like an American V8 engine and a Mazda Miata. Sometimes, like the V8-into-a-Miata trick, these ideas can lead to successful businesses. 

As it turns out, the "Italian styling and Japanese mechanicals" combination hasn't really happened as often as you may think—except on the show car circuit. There, Japanese companies can at least hire coachbuilders like Zagato in order to raise the profile of a model (or series of models)—but building a business case around the combination? Don't think so.

Developed in 1992 on the Z32 Nissan 300ZX platform, the car would have been essentially the ultimate Japanese GT—especially if your idea of a GT requires European styling. Did Zagato get it right? Well, there were three more cars in the collaboration! I've written about the whole set: