My name is Lachy and I have been on this forum for a while. I have contemplated getting a Z car for 2 years, even kicked a few tyres and made a few offers (apologies for wasting anyone's time). But ultimately the prices for Z cars recently have been on the up and further out of my price range. So on a trip to North America I purchased a 280Z. The 280Z being automatic and a late model was relatively cheap even with importation fees.
I hope to document the build, the process of importing a car into Australia and any issues encountered.
Current build ideas;
*Replace red indicator lenses with orange (to be road legal in Aus)
*Get engineers approval and register
*Remove massive 280Z bumpers and replace with leaner 240Z ones
*Remove all the unnecessary trim from the side of the car
*Repaint (red, white, grey or blue; haven't made up my mind yet)
*Bullet fender mirrors
*432 style rear spoiler
I also chose to buy a cheap 280Z so I can learn some DYI restoration and other skills. I would hate to screw up something on a 240Z which is worth more as a rusty shell than I paid for this as a complete car.
This 280Z I bought from a man and his wife from a town near Portland, Oregon. They had owned it for 30 years and were so excited to hear it was going to a special place overseas.
Attached are pictures from the online advertisement in the USA.