1992 Nissan Fairlady Convertible

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Stock Number: 4795

Here at Classics, we're rather accustomed to seeing some wild cars; some have crazy modifications to completely change them up while others are simply rare factory options that never pop up on your radar. Our latest '92 Fairlady surely does check all of the oddball boxes for cars we rarely ever see. Not only is it a factory convertible which is a tall order in Japan, but it's also finished in one of the rarest color options, Cocoa Bronze Pearl (CK2.) While most would assume that this is a one-off respray it is in fact an original color that, frankly, we've never seen before. It's a trippy color that takes on different shades depending on the lighting and angle you're looking at. The paint is in rather good shape for its age with only some of your typical blemishes like clear coat scratches/swirls and some stone chips. Where the soft top mounts there is a bit of a line from where the rubber gasket seals against the body, but this is a rather common thing to see with convertibles that have the top up for most of their life. Speaking of the soft top, the blacktop is in great shape. These used the clear Lexan windows which can be prone to discoloration over the years but this one has really been spared from any of that which is a big relief. While at the end of the day we'd all rather be cruising around with the top dropped, but it's always nice to have the soft top as a backup for those random summer showers. The body itself is just as clean as it looks with all of the panels lining up nicely and the doors have that satisfying thud when you close them that new cars just don't seem to have. While the exterior has been kept pretty much all stock the wheels have been upgraded to fit the big body vert a bit more appropriately. 19" polished Auto Couture Style Eleganz wrapped in fresh rubber have found their way in place of the rather lackluster stock wheels. The bigger wheels fill the wheel wells the way they should have looked from the factory without being over the top or having to lower the Z to get the same effect.

While the Z32 is known for its sporty side, these are at the end of the day more of a luxury GT than hardcore track monsters. Open-air driving is one of the most invigorating ways to travel, so why not do it in style. Another rare option for Japan, leather seats. The Japanese aren't big on leather so it's a rarity for us to find something equipped with it from the factory and not aftermarket seat covers. The leather is in great shape for its age which really says something, just take a peek at half the cars running around stateside with ragged seats that are half its age. The seats themselves are well-bolstered and particularly supportive. The driver's seat is manually adjusted while the passenger gets full power adjustment. The controls are all centered around the driver making it feel more like a cockpit, and the bezel surrounding the instrument cluster is packed with buttons. Everything from the climate control, cruise control, fog lights are all central to the driver so you don't have to fumble around looking for anything along the center console or back behind the wheel. The interior is all original with the exception of the headunit which works as well as it can stateside, but luckily is an easy thing to swap out for a more current unit. The dash is in fine shape and is neither discolored nor cracked which can be an issue with the Z32. The same can be said about the matching door cards and carpeting. Being that these were more luxury GT cars you get all of the standard power features of the day. One-touch driver's window, power locks, even power-folding mirrors; all of which are working as they should.

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 easier to maintain VG30DE. While we all love the twin-turbo model, with the added heat and even further reduced engine compartment upkeep on those is considerably more taxing. These motors are also known for being considerably more reliable due to the reduction in moving parts than the turbo variant. Ours has obviously been kept all stock like the rest of the car, with a mere 98K verified miles, which most people prefer for a starting point if that's the route they're looking to take. Because of this, it fires right up as soon as you turn the key. While not as powerful as it's twin-turbo brother, these NA cars are no slouch. Power comes on smooth and pulls hard up to the 7K redline when you want to put your foot in it. Being a proper cruiser the auto was the natural choice. The auto engages with ease and is surprisingly crisp. The stock suspension is plenty capable for daily duty and having some fun on the weekend backroading. Of course, since the Z was sold stateside there is no shortage of aftermarket options available if you wanted to put your own twist on it. The Z was one of the premier grand tourers ever built on the island of the sun. While the Z32 is a familiar model here stateside, they sure aren't on the same level as this one. From its overall originality to exceptionally rare options it doesn't get much better than this for a true connoisseur.

*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.

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