1990 Nissan Z32 300ZX
Pending Sale: $19,495
Stock Number: 4859
Right off the bat, the Z32 was renowned as one of Nissan's greatest sports coupes to date, and while over 30 years have past that still rings true today. With its advanced cockpit layout, heaps of power, and timeless good looks there's no doubt about why. Its smooth, sculpted sheet metal, timeless proportions, and rewarding drive made for immediate success in the marketplace. This 1990 checks all the right boxes, two turbos, 3 pedals, and T-tops. Finished in Diamond Black Pearl (732) it doesn't get much better than this. The bodywork has been kept all stock since there's no point in messing with a good thing. Overall the body is in great shape, barring a routine door ding or two there's nothing really of concern to report. The same can be said about the paint as that Diamond Black has a good deep sheen. Naturally, there are still a few stone chips and some scratches in the clear, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 31-year-old car. The wheels have been upgraded to a set of 17" Nextry 5 spokes wrapped in fresh Falken tires.
The interior has been kept pretty much all original and in surprisingly good shape. The 2+2 came very well appointed, even by today's standards. The driver-oriented cabin feels much larger thanks to the glass tops and is in good shape overall. Power amenities surround everyone, and standard features such as power locks, windows, and folding mirror work as they should. Even the driver seat is powered, which was rare for the time. One bit to note, the seat adjustment forward and back has gone out, but can still be moved manually with a wrench. The bolstering is premium and particularly comfortable over long trips, partly thanks to how soft the gray cloth is. 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 of bags of groceries in. No notable rips, stains, or tears are present on the front or rear seats which is impressive for T-Top cars. Between the chances of leaks and the added sun damage, it can really do a number on the interior. With that being said, there is one spot to note due to sun damage. It's a rather common issue with Z's but the dash has a tendency to peel up some around the defrost vent from the heat. Luckily it's not really something you see from the driver's seat due to how far down the dash it is. The trim along the T-Tops has also delaminated over time which isn't an uncommon thing to see. A good upholstery shop could probably correct it since the vinyl itself hasn't torn. The interior plastics have fared better than most Z's though which is a big plus. The automatic climate control system is a nice touch and rather convenient for these wintery days. Overall the cockpit of the Z is a great place to spend an afternoon blasting around backroads.
As beauty is only skin deep, the powertrain and chassis deserve their due. The long sloping bonnet and short front and rear overhangs are great for styling, but also keep most of the weight centered between the axles. As there were two transmission options and motor choices; our Fairlady was originally equipped with the only true setup which involves two turbos and a proper stick shift. 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 55K verified miles and has been kept all stock which is always encouraging. She turns over quickly with a turn of the key and revs freely when the throttle is stabbed. Acceleration is brisk and the VG boasts tremendous low-end torque. Rowing through the 5 speed is a blast, and really the way these cars were meant to be driven. The factory suspension on these is very capable when the road gets twisty without beating you to death on your morning commute. To make sure that the cast iron blocked beast stays healthy it was fully serviced upon arriving here. A fresh set of plugs and fuel filter were the main issues, but we also replaced the water temp sensor and did a routine oil change. The previous owner took care of replacing the timing belt about 5K miles ago so there's still plenty of time before needed to look into that. For those after a proper sports tourer, there's really no better option than the Z32. Whether looking for a new daily or a weekend toy, this Fairlady has you covered. Clean 300ZX and Fairlady models are getting tougher to find by the day. This low mileage, well-maintained, example would make a great weekend toy or daily driver. This beautiful looking, and better driving 2+2 could be your turn-key Japanese classic today!
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