Z32 LST300 - Final Australian Delivered 300ZX Z32

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  1. ryzan

    ryzan Black Mesa? Fat chance...

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    Me:
    Ryan, 28, Z32 enthusiast for the last 10+ years

    Model:
    10/95 Aus spec manual series IV #1463/1463

    Build:
    Clean, stock, as Nissan intended

    Mileage:
    105,000km

    Colour:
    TK3 Sapphire Blue (blue velvet)

    Bodykit:
    Stock!

    Engine Type:
    VG30DE

    Arrival modifications:
    Simmons wheels, aftermarket gearknob

    Bad parts on arrival:
    For a 25 year old car, honestly not much at all.

    Date of purchase:
    October 2020

    stuff to come:
    General maintenence

    Budget:
    For this car, whatever it requires (scary thought I know).

    Well, I honestly never thought I'd be making this post but here we are. After seeing this post: https://aus300zx.com/index.php?threads/95-96-aus-delivered-s3-manual-2-2.337381/ I've had my eye on the car ever since. To most people this is "too slow, not a turbo", "hard to work on" or "boat" but to me it's truly something special.

    VIN #10122, the final Australian delivered 300zx made for the Australian market. Sold new in Southeast Queensland October 1996 and appears to have been a Queensland car all its life. The information I have indicates that it changed hands to the 2nd owner in 2001 who didn't drive the car very much. In 2017 he prepared the car for sale however passed away some time in 2018-2019 before was able to do so and the car was left with his family.

    I originally was in negotiations to buy the car off the family (going back and forth for months) however the car wasn't able to come to an agreement and the car had sold to an unknown buyer. At this point assumed I likely wouldn't see it come up for sale again and accepted this as a sign I wasn't meant to have the car.

    Fast forward 12 months and one night scrolling through facebook I saw an EOI post for a blue 300zx on 17" simmons that looked familiar. By this point the photo links on Aus300zx were broken so all I had was a hunch, however a quick check of the vin confirmed it was indeed the car I thought it was, #10122. Within 24 hours I'd placed a deposit on it and arranged to go and view the car at the end of the week.

    The 3rd owner was a nice young guy who reminded me a lot of myself when I was his age, didn't know a great deal about cars but admired the Z32 shape. This meant that most of what he'd done was maintenence rather than tacky mods (the worst being an aftermarket gearknob fortunately). For the most part, the car was in similar condition to when he purchased it which was a huge sigh of relief. I promptly loaded it onto my trailer and became the proud 4th owner of this car.

    My plans now are to do a major service on it, change fluids etc. and restore it back to as close to original as possible and keep it clean and tidy. The aus-spec lights will go back in the front but am undecided on whether the wheels will stay as while they're not original, they have been on the car for 20 years now.

    Unfortunately, I don't have everything to go with the car as the original framed poster (Evolution of the Z car) didn't go with the car when it was inherited by the family, same goes for the stock wheels and personalised number plate "300 OZX". If anyone has any information or further details about these I'd love to hear from you.

    I don't have too many photos at the moment, so have included two from the trip to get the car plus a few from past owners. (Huge thanks to sketchy for still having the email with photos in it from 2018!)

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  2. MintZ32

    MintZ32 Member

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    Wow!! that is clean...I agree something special...

    Congratulations on the purchase :D
     
  3. Harts

    Harts Member

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    Cool mate, I like it and definitely something special, enjoy muchly!
     
  4. lidz

    lidz Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic find & love the tk3 blue. I think with this one you've got to go all stock, ditch the simmons, restore any niggly bits & just enjoy it.

    Have you still got the stock radio?
     
  5. geron

    geron National Petroleum Equipm

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    IMO, if you can source a set of 8.5" OEM wheels for the rear it will look perfect :)
     
  6. ryzan

    ryzan Black Mesa? Fat chance...

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    Thanks all, yes still has the original tape deck & CD player in it (though I'm struggling to find a casette to test it with)!

    I'm not 100% on the wide rear wheels, while they were cool it also wasn't original to this car (plus I heard they were hard to find decent size tires for these days)?

    Actually toying around with the idea of putting on a set of AVS VS5's as fitted to the 25th anniversary cars if I can find a set as I have quite a soft spot for them..
     
  7. IB

    IB ?????

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    They'd be a good choice, still OEM if not exactly correct and they suit your new zed.
     
  8. 9TR

    9TR New Member

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    Awesome pickup well done!
     
  9. Jason ttz32

    Jason ttz32 Member

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    Looks like a nice car, very well kept.
    There's an ad on car sales, a 2000 z32 jdm 2+2 n/a the only one in Australia.. Be nice to own both, although quite pricey. 31k
    Not sure what you paid, but it's a nice one to hold on to. Unique colour, cool.
     

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