1991 Nissan Z32
Many believe that the Nissan 300zx is a true classic. From the models debut, it was a clear design departure from the angular, blocky Nissan coupes of the 1980's. The smooth, sculpted sheet metal, timeless proportions, and rewarding drive made for an immediate success in the marketplace. Finished in Platinum Mist (673) and optioned with a hearty V6, featuring some select 300ZX turbo aero bits, a manual transmission, and rear wheel drive make this grand touring coupe the full package. At only 61K verified miles our 1991 Fairlady has been recently maintained and is eager to hit the open road here in the USA.
Beginning with the interior, it becomes clear that Nissan focused heavily on the a driver-centric cockpit. A wrap around dash highlighted in grey cloth makes for comfy surroundings. For instance the lower dash, glove box, and door cards are upholstered in the same soft touch twill cloth that lines the seats in an attempt to class up the interior. Being purpose built as a grand tourer, instead of a sports coupe, Nissan added some expensive standard equipment to make daily driving more enjoyable. Starting with the digital climate system featuring automatic climate control, which blows cold. Power windows, door locks, and folding side mirrors were all standard. The seats are in good condition, sans a bolster tear on the driver's right side bolster. The front buckets have retained their supportive shape, and do well on long cruises. Behind the front seats, the rear seats look barely used, and can be helpful in a pinch if two additional passengers require transport. The only downfall in the cabin of the Z is some of the thinner A pillar trim material, and rear plastics have light bubbling from heat exposure. The only aftermarket interior bits are a leather wrapped steering wheel, and a set of aluminum pedals. Admittedly the interiors can feel a bit on the smaller side, but this 1991 has optional T-tops, it even has the factory sun shades. They do a wonderful job of opening up the interior to natural light making it feel more spacious. On those days you would prefer an open air driving experience, they can be easily removed and stowed in the hatch. For those who enjoy canyon carving, we recommend finding a safe pull off point, cutting off the HID headlamps, and enjoying the beauty of the heavens.
As beauty is only skin deep, the powertrain and chassis deserve their due. As there were two transmission options and motor choices; our Fairlady was equipped with the naturally aspirated three liter V6 and manual transmission. Those with a detailed eye may notice the turbo wing and front bumper, however, our 2+2 features the more fuel efficient power plant. The five-speed manual makes the best of the slightly lower powered mill, as gearshift are smooth and direct. Another benefit to the 300ZX is that both OEM and aftermarket parts support are very strong, as this single overhead cam (VG30DE) was offered stateside. A fresh oil service and new radiator help to maintain under hood temps, and keep this low mileage example running for a while to come. The adjustable coilovers lower ride height and reduces the fender gap. The vehicle corners very flat and has a great look because of them, however, the rear top hats have a fair amount of chatter. Steering feel is direct, and the power assisted setup is surprisingly light. Grip comes from four new all season tires, mounted and balanced by our expert technicians, which are wrapped around factory R32 GT-R wheels.
This formidable grand tourer is a great chassis for daily driving or long road trips. Its muscular proportions, and aggressive stance are still en vogue today, and this 300ZX has the stout mechanicals to last another quarter century. This Japanese Classic is turn-key ready at a tough to ignore price point.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.