1990 Nissan Fairlady Z32
Nissan's Z cars have stood the test of time, it's hard to believe that this is a 28 year old vehicle. The Z32 was on Car and Driver's top 10 list every year it was in production, and that's saying something. There is no doubt about why it belonged on there in the first place. This one being the most revered setup, the twin turbo, T-top, two seater. The all stock body is refreshing to see, as all OEM vehicles are becoming a rarity these days. Not to mention being finished in Glacier Pearl Metallic (KH6) which really pops out under the sun. Both the paint and body show particularly well. Naturally there are a few door dings and stone chips, but all in all the car looks excellent. One thing to note for those not familiar with these; the rear wing is made of a high density rubber so it does have a little wavyness in the paint due to the material. The T-tops blend into the roofline seamlessly keeping the sports coupe look while still giving you the open air option of a convertible.
While the body looks good, the interior has been maintained even better. The two tone gray and black cloth gives a great contrasting look with the Pearl White paint. A power adjustable driver seat makes finding the optimal driving position far easier. The seat itself has held up very well, typically we see bolster wear along the side of these. The same can be said about the passenger seat and door panels. Sun damage can be a real issue with these from fading fabrics to warping the dash. We don't see any of that here and the factory sun shades that attach to the tops are still in good shape. Perfect for blistering summer days when you're not looking to sit in a greenhouse. These were well appointed from the factory with power windows, folding mirrors, digital automatic climate control, and 4 wheel steering. While the interior has been kept all factory there was one change up. Factory clusters in Japan only go to 180km/h, this one has been upgraded to a 280km/h. Subsequently with the cluster being swapped the 127K miles it's reading has not been verified. Based on the condition I believe it to be less, however we can't be certain.
There's no doubt that the robust VG30DETT 3.0 twin turbo V6 is what made this car an icon. These were extremely well built from the factory, and it's iron block is capable of some serious horse power numbers on the stock internals. Pair that with a proper 5 speed manual and there's no wonder why it was consistently outperforming cars twice it's price. They even share the same 4 wheel steering system (HICAS) with it's stablemate, the Skyline. The bruty V6 fires up easily and is rather quite through the stock exhaust. Of course since these are largely identical to the US model there's no shortage of performance or replacement part availability. The 5 speed feels great thanks to a new shifter bushing. Several other safety and mechanical items have been replaced since touching down. A fresh battery, two new tires out back, fresh rear struts, and a new set of pads and rotors up front. With all of the routine services taken care of this Fairlady drives like a dream. The turbos really get you up to speed quickly while the suspension is well sorted for daily driving, even if you happen to get into a turn a little quicker than expected. The Z32 really is a legend that you have to experience for yourself.
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