1990 Nissan Fairlady Z
The Japanese horsepower wars were in full swing by the close of the 1980's. Specifically, forced induced three liter power plants were being invested in by Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Nissan in an attempt to win over consumers who demanded high performance output while maintaining reliability. Nissan's foray into the GT market was the 300ZX. Sold in several different body and drivetrain combinations, the Z could fit a multitude of ownership styles. This 1990 bi-turbo automatic Fairlady is finished in Black Pearl Metallic (732) and features T-tops and an upgraded suspension to compliment is sporty proportions and aesthetic. The body in good shape sans the normal nicks and chips associated with routine driving. The clearcoat is lustrous, and the mechanicals are indicative of a good low mileage import.
When entering the Z from the outside, the driver has plenty of room to enter the cockpit. The large doors, and central drivers position make ingress and egress a snap. Designed to be focused on the drivers ergonomics, the gauges are clearly visible and all the controls are easily at hand. Nissan sought to position the Fairlady at the top of the product portfolio so they included a good level of equipment. For instance, a cluster mounted digital climate control system was utilized so that the driver could more efficiently control interior temperatures, and keep their eyes closer to the road. Also the 300ZX was one of the first vehicles to use projection headlight lenses, for a more focused light pattern for night time visibility. Cruise control, ABS brakes and power windows, locks and mirrors are all equipped. The air conditioning blows cold, and we have included the T-Top shades to keep in cabin temps down further if needed. When removed, they do a great job of brightening up the interior, and also can be removed for the top down driving experience. The leather buckets are in good shape overall. They have fantastic bolstering and are very supportive. The drivers power bucket has leather wear on the seatback and the passenger has a few missing stitches on the seat bottom, but are otherwise good. The interior plastics are in good, if not above, average shape on the whole. The dash is in great shape as well, and isn't cracked or distressed.
The best part of the 300zx design in below the bonnet. The twin turbo, 2960 cc V6 is a stout unit and makes great midrange power. Its compact nature allowed for it to be placed further back in the engine bay, which improves weight distribution and handling. The six cylinder fires up quickly, aided by a newly installed 12V battery, allowing for seamless cold starts. The VGDETT purrs like a kitten and with only 64K verified miles, this engine is only just now getting broken in. The new spark plugs and fresh oil service complete the recent maintenance and the vehicle has been Virginia state safety inspected. The power steering allows for smooth steering, and the 2+0 has a decent turning radius considering it's shorter wheelbase. When driving spiritedly, the over-sized brakes quickly reel in the chassis from higher speeds. Tein adjustable coilovers reduce the fender gaps, and allow for a firmer ride and flatter cornering characteristics and the selectable shift automatic transmission is responsive, shifts smoothly, and makes this car an idea commuter.
While visually, its hard to believe this 1990 Z car nearly three decades old. The timeless physique, capable yet robust turbo motor, comfy chassis, and low mileage make this a perfect turn-key Japanese Classic.
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