Powerful, luxurious, rear-drive drop-tops crest six figures at many dealerships in 2019. The Lexus LC and BMW 8 Series are current examples of vehicles that embody these traits, but in the 1990’s, the 300zx was that car. Loved for its cutting edge styling, it’s aerodynamic and sculpted body panels stand out even by today’s standards. At 49K verified miles, this 1992 roadster is finished in a custom Iced Chocolate Metallic over Black Leather. The paint, which has opalescent undertones under direct light, has retained its luster and shine nicely. Sans a small area flaking on the front bumper, and the scuff, chips, and dings associated with daily use, the body is straight and devoid of major damage. Packing a reliable V6 powerplant, smooth-shifting automatic, and some decent performance upgrades, you won’t want to miss out on this Z.
Open-air driving is one of the most invigorating ways to travel. A brand new soft top ensures that this Fairlady can endure some summer showers, and looks good to boot. The leather and Alcantara interior has been well maintained by the prior owners. The front buckets are remarkable well-bolstered, and save for some normal drivers side wear around the hip area, have no major issues. The controls are all centered around the driver, and the bezel surrounding the instrument cluster is packed with buttons. The lighting and switchgear stalk all function properly, as does the climate controls located next to them. The dash is in fine shape and is neither discolored or cracked. The power windows, locks, and folding mirrors are work reliably, and make daily driving that much more convenient. Visibility is better than most new cars, as the 300ZX lacks those bulky A-pillars popular in today’s designs. For night time cruises, optional fog lights do a wonderful job of illuminating the roadway.
While not the most powerful motor option, Nissan’s VG30DE is certainly among the most reliable. Lacking the heat and stresses of the bi-turbo model, this low mileage sump is only now just getting broken in. Fresh off and oil and filter service, the 3.0L mill cranks over easily and sets into a constant idle. A new 12V battery has been installed, providing the next owner some reassurances over the next few winters. APEXi Super Megaphone dual exhausts deepen the aural range of the VG and provide a louder soundtrack than stock. The large polished mufflers tuck in nicely next to the Japanese only mud flaps and combined with the 99 Spec rear tails, complete the rear aesthetic. Midrange power is decent, and the Fairlady accelerates up to highway speeds without a fuss. The automatic transmission is perfect for those looking to cruise or commute, and it shifts without any hesitation or clunking. Ride height is reduced thanks to a set of Cusco adjustable dampers. These units make some noticeable improvements in handling, and the RWD convertible stays flat in the turns. While ride height is more firm than OEM, its not unbearable, and enthusiasts will appreciate them. Lastly, four new tires have been mounted and balanced at all four corners, giving some grip to the 350Z 17″ alloys.
The Z was one of the premier grand tourers ever built on the island of the sun. The timeless styling, low cost of ownership, and readily available parts make this roadster, a turn-key Japanese Classic.
*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.