1991 Nissan Fairlady Z32
Right off the bat, the Z32 was renowned as one of Nissan's greatest sports coupes to date, and though 28 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. With its smooth, sculpted sheet metal, timeless proportions, and rewarding drive made for immediate success in the marketplace. Our 1991 2+2 has a few great improvements that only build upon the Z's good looks. The Stillen front lip compliments the front end so well it almost looks like it was a factory option. Outback the F40 style wing seems surprisingly fitting based on the low, long drawn out proportions of the front end. And due to the aggressive angle of the rear hatch, many aftermarket wings will block your visibility out of the rearview mirror, with this one you actually look under it like you do in the Supra. Having had the original wing removed you can see two spots on the hatch from where they filled in the original mounting holes. The entire car was resprayed by the previous owner in Japan in the factory Glacier Pearl Metallic (KH6) however, the paint does leave a lot to be desired. The paint job was surely rushed, the prep work was poor leaving a lot of debris in the paint. The hood is the most noticeable area when you catch the light right. There were also some careless errors like overspray and only taping off some of the body line trim. The body itself is in rather good shape, the only real blemish is a dent on the passenger rear corner below the tail light. For someone looking for a daily driver, that they won't be worried every time they leave the car in a parking lot, this is an ideal choice. A more fitting set of 18" Eclipse mesh wheels properly fill the wheel wells unlike the stock 16's. To make sure that it's sitting right GAB Sport coilovers were fitting to help dial down the overheight a bit.
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. The grey cloth interior has been kept all original and in excellent shape. The power driver's seat does have a little bit of bolster picking from getting in and out but has been kept largely stain free. The passenger and rear seats are in even better shape and offer plenty of support for long drives. The expansive dash does have a small bit of curl along the defrost vent, which is a common issue with the Z32 but is in better shape than many of the ones we see. From the driver's seat, the Fairlady feels like a cockpit with all of the important switches and gauges front and center. Fitted all of the powered features of the day; cruise control, fogs, power windows, door locks, and automatic climate control that's blowing cold. The original steering wheel is still in place as it's home to the cruise control settings. The only other spot to note is the vinyl rear panels below the side glass that are peeling. It's a very common issue with these and any upholstery shop should be able to easily correct it. This one does still have the factory sun shades, which are commonly destroyed, for the T-tops to prevent you from cooking under the scorching summer sun.
Under the hood is the infamous 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. Ours has obviously been kept all stock which most people prefer as it's a general indication that it lived an easier life. This one coming in with only 81K verified miles feels rock solid. The VG starts right up and purrs along through the stock exhaust without any hiccups. Power comes on smooth and pulls hard up to the 7K redline. The Z32 was also one of the first cars to sport a selectable automatic trans. To the right of the selector has a setting for power (which holds your gear longer) as well as hold which allows you to select a gear and it won't accelerate past it. While not as sophisticated as newer double-clutch transmissions it does make it a bit more fun when you get off the highway and into the backroads. To help out with handling and the GAB Sport coilovers a rare Tokyo Auto front strut tower brace was fitted. Mechanically it came to us needing little work; four new tires due to age, new HICAS arms, correct a small exhaust leak, and of course a routine oil change. Overall this car is a fantastic driver as long as you look past some of the aesthetic blemishes. The automatic transmission pairs well with this kind of GT car. It has the power on tap thanks to the twin turbos, yet is comfortable and easy enough to hop in and take on a weekend road trip. All it's missing is its next driver.
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