NISSAN 300ZX (Z32)
Elly Calienda ‘You always have a cheeky glance back at once you've parked up’
Dream car: Lamborghini Diablo
Why did you choose the car?
I studied computer-aided design at university and I used the 300ZX as my second-year project. I thought it was such a beautiful-looking car. I bought my first Nissan 300ZX (a 1986 Z31) when I was 19 years old. I bought my first Z32 (a 1993 import) when I was 20. I've owned one ever since. I had this one imported for me back in 2013 and it was waiting for me once I returned from the Falklands. I'm the only UK owner and I never plan on selling it.
What’s the best bit?
The way it drives and looks! The T-bar roof is an added bonus in the summer months. I always have a smile on my face behind the wheel. The twin turbo V6 engine runs smoothly and provides the power when you need it. It's one of those cars you always have a cheeky glance back at once you've parked up and start walking away.
What’s the worst bit?
Hard to say as I love the car so much but for me it's probably driving it in the winter. It can be lethal in icy conditions and I'm always worried someone else is going to smack into it. I tend to garage it over the worst months.
Aside from the Works wheels, stainless steel exhaust system and aftermarket coilovers I have kept this as original as possible to maintain its worth. This one did come imported with a very rare Impul front bumper and I believe this is only one of three in the UK.
What’s it like to run?
Support is definitely out there for these cars. There are plenty of Facebook pages and online sites. You have the likes of the Z Club and the Nissan 300ZX Owners' Club in the UK.
Any advice for owners?
Be prepared to spend a fair bit of money on maintenance and servicing. However, it's worth it for the drive and to be part of a unique club. I've met and made many friends through the ownership of these cars.