1995 Nissan Fairlady Z
Available for: $25,995
Japan has one of the most impressive car cultures anywhere around the globe. We at Japanese Classics embrace that greatly, and we especially appreciate the little island's infatuation with fast and luxurious grand tourers. This 1995 Fairlady Z is an absolute stunner. Refinished by the previous Japanese owner in Nissan's iconic Midnight Purple, the flowing factory lines have been accentuated with plenty of pricey aero. Wider FRP vented front fenders and Mission side skirts add an aggressive aesthetic. In the rear, a metal widebody and Abflug rear wing complete the look. Aside from the normal FRP panel alignment issues and some minor dings and chips associated with normal use, the body is in good shape. Notable repairs include a repaired front bumper and new front FRP fenders. This Z32's beauty is more than skin deep, and this Nissan is chock full of performance upgrades, too. For those who desire to own a true driver's car, this twin-turbo, manual transmission Z is a fantastic option. Nicely equipped, fast and collectible, it won't last long!
The cabin is more akin to a cockpit in a fighter jet, and the controls are all driver-focused. As you hunker down into the cabin you'll be greeted with a Nardi steering wheel and RAZO shift knob. They both feel great and are much sportier than the OEM units they replaced. The view ahead is clear and the roll cage isn't too intrusive when getting in and out of the vehicle. The dash is in good shape aside from the cutouts for the cage, and there is a Defi gauge suite mounted centrally in a carbon fiber pod. While the water temp gauge doesn't function, the boost and oil temp do and they allow the driver to keep a tab on the important engine vitals. The cluster was also changed out at some point to a NISMO 280 km/h unit, and as such, we couldn't verify the odometer on this Z, and it is being sold with unknown miles. It works properly and is easy to read and performance enthusiasts love this rare upgrade. The digital climate control system is mounted by the steering wheel and can be easily programmed. The A/C was recharged and blow cool at the moment, and heat works as advertised. The driver also benefits from electric folding mirrors, power locks, and windows. If natural ventilation is your thing the T-Tops can be fully removed for an open-air experience. If you hate the open-air experience that's fine too, the T-Tops have OEM opaque shades that are included with the purchase. The seats are one of the cabin's high points and the front Recaro buckets work perfectly for this ride. They lack and major rips, stains, or tears and are supportive and highly bolstered. The rear gray seat looks hardly used, which is likely the case as the rear seats are a bit tight. They do help out in a pinch, which can't be said for the 2+0. The door cards and carpets look good, too. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we did want to note some light wear on the soft-touch surfaces and the lack of a head unit. Still, at over 25 years old, this Fairlady has held up quite well!
The engine is a robust and refined 3.0L twin-turbo. It's compact and powerful too, and the VG30DETT is fresh off an oil and filter service. Ignition is prompt thanks to a new 12v battery and boy does she sound good. A downpipe back exhaust and Border intake box add to the aural sensation and a rare Border front mount intercooler keeps the charged air cool. The VG pulls strong, with great midrange power and little lag. A Greddy boost controller and Splitfire coilpacks are on hand for those who want to have some fun and run her up to redline and our tech installed a new fuel filter to boot. The five-speed manual gearbox makes driving more fun and involved. We have taken care of a fluid flush and the transmission shifts without a grind or hitch. The clutch was upgraded at some point overseas, but it can be daily driven without taxing the left leg of whoever is behind the wheel. Power is sent to the rear and the 2+2 accelerates impressively. It slows itself down well too thanks to the R33 GT-R front Brembo brakes. One of our trained techs has bled the system and installed some new front pads. While it was on the lift we also refreshed the suspension with a set of new rear HICAS arms. The Tein coilovers keep cornering flat and reduce the much-despised fender gap that these come with from the factory. Lastly, the 19" Work VS-XX alloys were all wrapped in new tires. The brand new rubber quiets down the cabin noise and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of premium grip for years to come.
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