1990 Nissan Fairlady Z32
Available for: $14,995
Nissan's Z32 is a three-decade-old model that still looks and feels modern by today's standards. This generation is considered to be one of the best-designed grand tourers of this era, and our 79k verified and documented mile example drives great and is fresh off a recent service! The styling was cutting edge at the time, and a massive departure from the angular aesthetic of the era. Aside from a few minor dings and chips associated with normal use, the body is in good nick for a 1990 and finished Platinum Silver Metallic (673). Boasting a few pricey upgrades and some nice power equipment, this 2+2 Z would be a fantastic daily driver or weekend cruiser. Reliable, fun, and inexpensive to own, this Z32 is a certified Japanese Classic.
The cabin design is driver-focused as you'd expect from a sports car. The switchgear is all at hand and the OEM steering wheel was ditched for a more sporty Momo leather steering wheel. Aside from the typical bubbling around the front windshield defroster vents, the dash is in good shape with no cracking to note. The seats are trimmed in a soft light grey cloth with no bolster wear or rips to report. The door cards and carpets look good and the T-tops even have the factory sun shades still attached. If you want to open the cabin up for some nice natural light, they can be unclipped and stowed safely in the rear. The 2+2 has a set of rear seats that are convenient to have when in a pinch, and the material looks like it's been hardly sat in. Power windows, locks, and power-folding mirrors all work as advertised and make daily use a breeze. The power driver seat makes long trips easy and allows drivers of all sizes to get comfortable. The digital automatic climate control blows scorching hot heat just in time for winter but the A/C is currently inoperable. The interior bits have been wrapped in a faux carbon-fiber overlay and an awesome Panasonic head unit has replaced the OEM one. The sounds quality isn't half bad but admittedly we enjoy the soundtrack from the VG a bit more.
The engine that powers this GT is the VG30DE 3.0L V6, and it packs a wallop with 222hp. A simple turn of the key and this Fairlady comes to life with the assistance of a new 12V battery. The V6 sounds a bit throatier thanks to an FGK stainless catback exhaust. Upon inspection here at Japanese Classics, we replaced the timing belt, water pump, and serpentine belts so that the next owner has peace of mind about the next major maintenance service interval. The valve cover gaskets were replaced too along with the radiator and thermostat. The overhaul wasn't cheap but provides plenty of reassurance that the next chapter of this car's life is a good one! Mated to the V6 is a 5-speed manual transmission, which is the preferred option for enthusiasts. The clutch engages properly and the gear changes are smooth with no grinding or syncro issues to note. Whether blasting down the highway or sashaying through some windy country roads, the chassis feels balanced, stout, and predictable. The brakes are confident and the Tein coilover suspension can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse while improving the aesthetics. Front and rear strut tower braces add some rigidity to the chassis and the 18" OEM 350z alloys are all wrapped in new tires at all four corners. They will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and quiet down the ride noticeably.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.