1995 Fairlady Z Twin Turbo
Available for: $18,995
Nissan was well ahead of the curve when they released their redesigned Fairlady Z at the genesis of the 1990s. A testament to the brand's accomplishments on both the street and circuit, models like this 1995 Twin Turbo Z are beautiful, mechanically stock examples of one of the brand's most recognizable sport coupes to date. Finished in Platinum Metallic (KL0) and set off by a low-rise rear wing, front parking pole, and factory mudguards, this Z looks as it could have just rolled off the showroom floor, save for some expected dings, chips, and spots of paint fade from 28 years on the road. With the odometer just rolling over 100k verified miles and plenty of preventative maintenance done in-house, this Fairlady is the Japanese Classic to set your sights on.
The interior of this 2+2 is more of a cockpit, as the switchgear and amenities are all oriented toward the driver for personal enjoyment and use. Safety-conscious pilots will appreciate the inclusion of a wheel-mounted SRS airbag in case of any on-road emergencies. For stateside enthusiasts, the durable cloth upholstery is a sought-after option, holding up to daily use and abuse much better than their leather counterparts. These buckets are no worse for the wear, save for a light nick on the driver's bolster, and the remaining materials are in good nick as well. From the matching door card inserts to the sweeping black vinyl dash, which shows well despite a 3-inch gash on the material, its clear this cabin was cared for. An upgraded USDM Pioneer head unit is centrally mounted and features USB functionality if you need to jam out on your daily commute. The climate control is positioned to the left of the gauge hood and lets you dial in your Cold A/C or hot heat without straying too far from the wheel as well. Power windows, power-folding mirrors, and power locks work as advertised, and the driver can remove the T tops and stow them in the rear if a more open-air driving experience is preferred. The rear bench can haul around children or small dogs if needed, but it easily stows forward should you need to prioritize cargo space in the back. A 300ZX interior in this shape only comes around once in a blue moon, even the rear cargo shade was included in Japan to keep any UV rays or prying eyes away from your belongings!
Under the bonnet, Nissan's VG30DETT shares its structure with our stateside twin-turbo offerings, making parts readily available and servicing a walk in the park! Ours fires up with no hesitation, care of a new 12v battery, and we got in there and replaced the valve cover gaskets and spark plugs so you don't have to. With a fresh oil and filter service performed this one is well lubricated for the road ahead, and a new fuel filter was also installed to keep your 93 octane flowing. Acceleration is impressive, as one would expect, and the twin turbochargers spool up hastily. The automatic gearbox shifts through the cogs smoothly and is well geared for highway transportation if short jaunts around the city aren't your thing. We fully addressed the drivetrain as well, and both shocks were replaced up front to improve the ride quality over larger road imperfections. Additionally, a new steering rack boot was installed up in the front left, and a new HICAS arm in the right rear further dials the handling in. To slow this one to a halt, new rotors and pads up front help this one stop on a dime, and the power steering is still as light and articulate as it was back in the grunge era. Additionally, the summer tires have plenty of life left and should provide plenty of warm-weather grip for the road ahead!
*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.