1989 Nissan Z32 Fairlady
The 300ZX twin turbo is hands down one of the most quintessential grand tourers to come out of Japan. The Z32 was on Car and Driver's top 10 list for seven consecutive years, and it comes as no surprise. With it's advanced cockpit layout, heaps of power, and state of the art suspension there's no doubt about why it belonged there. Our 1989 marks the first year of the revamped Z32 chassis, doing away with the smaller and less powerful Z31. The smooth, sculpted sheet metal, timeless proportions, and rewarding drive made for an immediate success in the marketplace. Finished in the timeless Diamond Black Pearl Metallic (732) this color will never go out of style. The paint itself shows exceptionally well for it's age barring a few stone chips from routine driving over the years. The only real blemish of note is on the rear wing, which is a pretty common issue with these. The foam material its made of has caused some bubbling in the paint on the passenger side of it. The body is very straight and largely dent/ding free which is always impressive considering the length of the doors. Touching down with only 47K verified miles does make it a bit less of a surprise on a 30 year old vehicle. Fitted with their trademark t-tops make it the ideal summer cruiser and it even still have the original sun shades for them which are commonly lost or falling apart. The stock bodylines have only been retained, but the profile has been upped by a set of R32 GTR wheels. The running joke that GTR wheels look go on any car but really does seem to ring true. The other perk to the GTR wheel is that while they're the same 16" as the factory Z32 wheel, these are 9" wide giving it much more stability, especially wrapped in 4 fresh tires.
The Z's 2+2 configuration means you could squeeze someone into the back, but more realistically gives you an additional spot for storage. Having the bonus space makes everyday life a bit easier, even if it is just to throw a couple bags of groceries in. Our '89 is fitted with one of the most rare options we see and that's factory black leather. The Japanese typically aren't big on leather, so finding a black on black car is a tall order. Especially with leather maintained as well as this. Normally we expect to see the bolster wear and stress cracks along the bottom seat, but this one shows little signs of that. The rear most seam of the powered driver's seat does have some seam separation that we're having corrected by a proper upholstery shop. The passenger seats is in great shape, and the rears look to be untouched. Sun damage can be a real issue with these from fading fabrics to warped or cracked dashes. In order to prevent the common peel at the windshield vent a metal strip was mounted along the leading edge. A clever way to prevent any issues to say the least. Barring an aftermarket headunit the rest of the interior has been kept all stock. Surround the gauge cluster are all of your pertinent controls. Fitted with cruise control, fogs, power windows, door locks, and an automatic climate control that's blowing cold. The original steering wheel is still in place as it's home to the cruise control settings.
Under the hood is the infamous VG30DETT (3.0 V6 Twin Turbo) that made this car so famous. Built with the incredibly robust iron block these are known for their ability to make and handle power. Ours has obviously been kept all stock which most people prefer as it's typically safe to assume that it's lived an easier life. Since touching down with us we've gone over and taken care of most all the routine service items to ensure that it's road trip ready. A fresh set of plugs, fuel filter, and oil change has this Z turn key ready. Thanks to its refresh the VG fires right up and hums right along. Power comes on smooth and pulls hard up to the 7K redline. The factory suspension on these are very capable when the road gets twisty without beating you to death on your morning commute. The automatic transmission pairs well with this kind of GT car. It has gobs of power on tap thanks to the twin turbos, yet is comfortable and easy enough to hop in and take on a weekend roadtrip without any concerns. The transmission engages drama free and runs through the gears with ease, sending all that power to the rear wheels without any hesitation. It's hard pressed to find any vehicle this age in stock condition like this, let along such a popular sport tourer. Don't miss your chance at an automotive icon.
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