1990 Nissan 300ZX Fairlady Z
Stock Number: 4533
The Z32 was well ahead of it's time for vehicle design and in many ways one of the most underrated sports cars to come out of Japan in this era. When you think back to sports cars of the time the Z has a tendency to fall through the cracks in comparison to cars like the Skyline and Supra. Meanwhile, the Z32 was on Car and Driver's top 10 list every year it was in production, and that's saying something. This 1990 checks all the right boxes, two turbo, 3 pedals, and T-tops. Finished in Diamond Black Pearl (732) it doesn't get much better than this. The bodywork has received a few upgrades to spice things up a bit over the factory looks. The Greddy style front bumper is really the best way to go as it has the OEM look but wasn't something you'd see out on the streets. Vented side skirts add a nice little touch that the average passerby may overlook as the lines flow well with the factory styling. Outback you have a far more dramatic wing that gives off a sleek, drag racing style, unlike your more typical high rise ones. Overall all of the aero lines up nicely and doesn't have that off fitment you would expect with FRP pieces. The paint matches them nicely, however, the paint does have some blemishes throughout. The driver's side skirt has some marring along the bottom presumably from a low curb and the underside of the front bumper has some scuffs as well. With the nature of black paint, it always has a tendency to show off scratches in the clear and little nicks worse than the lighter whites and silvers do. The paint is flake and peel free which would be a much bigger concern. Ultimately this one is more of a driver's car where you don't have to worry every time you leave it parked on the street. The body itself is in good shape though, free of any notable dents or dings.
The interior follows a similar styling of the body. Several nice aftermarket additions complement the factory, driver-centric, cockpit. You can't miss the two reclinable Recaro buckets which offer great support while retaining the comfort for long hauls. While both seats are different they do have the same contouring which is nice. The driver's seat is always the one we expect to be in worse shape due to the constant getting in and out, but much to our surprise it's in great shape. Free of the typical bolster degradation or fading from the T-tops makes it a really great addition. The passenger seat is in a very similar condition, with only some minor fabric puckering on the seat base. Being the 2+2 model you do have the original back seats, which looks as if they've gotten little use over the years. The sporty red and black Momo wheel seems like an appropriate choice for the sport looks of the car and adds a dash of color to the gray and black interior. Atop the steering column is a Greddy Profec B-Spec II to give you additional control over boost levels on the fly. The A-pillar is home to a Greddy boost gauge and water temp that way you can keep a more accurate eye on vitals since the factory gauges are vague at best. Alpine provides the tunes for the days when you don't want to listen to the song of the VG. Being purpose-built as a grand tourer, instead of a sports coupe, Nissan added some expensive standard equipment to make daily driving more enjoyable. Starting with the digital climate system featuring automatic climate control, which blows cold. Power windows, door locks, and side mirrors were all standard.
As beauty is only skin deep, the powertrain and chassis deserve their due. As there were two transmission options and motor choices; our Fairlady was originally equipped with a 4 speed automatic but has since been swapped over to the more favorable 5 speed manual. 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. Our latest only has 56K verified miles and sporting a few of the bolt-ons that we would all want upfront. Tucked underneath the Greddy front bumper is an open-intake to help feed the turbos fresh air. While that does make the turbos a bit more pronounced audibly, the dual Blitz Super Sound Blow Off vales really do the trick. Of course, you need a proper exhaust so a single exit HKS Super Drager was turned to. The HKS unit gives the V6 is deep burble that sounds fantastic with the tops off and the turbos spooling. The factory suspension on these are very capable when the road gets twisty without beating you to death on your morning commute. A Carbing strut tower brace helps to tighten things up along with adding a little flash to the engine bay. Rowing through the 5 speed is a blast, and really the way these cars were meant to be driven. When the trans was swapped they put in an aftermarket clutch that is a fair bit heavier than stock, but ensures that you'll never have any issues with putting the power down. A fresh oil service and four new tires have this Z ready for the summer months ahead when you can really get the most out of the open-air experience. This formidable grand tourer is a great chassis for daily driving or long road trips. Its muscular proportions and aggressive stance are still en vogue today, and this 300ZX has the stout mechanicals to last another quarter-century.
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