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Pretty much all main car manufacturing regions have their own Z-car. Americans have the Corvette, Germany stands tall with BMW Z-series and Japan takes pride in their much loved Fairlady Z lineup. While the 240Z is regarded as the absolute Fairlady, we shouldn’t forget about Z’s modern reincarnations. Here in Estonia they tend to show up almost as rarely as their ancestors. Juri is one of the lucky owners of a newer Nissan Fairlady – specifically the Z33 350Z, which like it’s recently covered relative, also shines in white.
It was a spontaneous purchase for Juri. There is something very charming about Japanese cars, especially in our region. Machines built between the early 90’s and late 00’s hold a special spot in Juris heart. As of the Z-car, he is mainly fond of the Z32 and Z33 bodies. When it came to choosing his new street weapon, the choice fell upon a Fairlady, an older Supra and a Skyline. Since the latter two have recently become too much of an overpriced items, the winner turned out to be the given Nissan. Sadly, the coupe was in heavily worn out condition. Surely, previously installed coilovers, NOS-system and a heavy duty clutch made it a bit better but the general impression was sad.
I first saw Juri’s car about a year and a half ago in some midnight drag event. As it calmly cruised through the spectator-infested grid, it gave off a strong mid-2000’s tuning scene vibe. Not the sex-spec era, but a more modest yet performance-orientated time. You know, like times when Tokyo Drift and ProStreet came out. Another encounter was about a year later in Noble Car Day, where it amazed everybody with an amazing-sounding exhaust system. If you ask me, then it’s quite difficult to find a proper nice sounding exhaust system to a VQ-engine. Straight-piping or putting on cheap aftermarket milk buckets never brings good results. Flash forward nine months and we meet again, here at Toompea. Listening to the mechanical symphony of six-cylinders screaming between almost millenia-old walls.
Over the years Juri has treated the car in a proper technical and visually tastefully manner. Bonnet was replaced with a Varis carbon hood, sideskirts and lip with Seibon carbon and that lovely fat-ass rear bumper with Carbon Creations “Drifter 2” item. Tail lights were replaced with restyled ones and the lovely note is unleashed by a Tanabe Medalion exhaust system. Handling capabilities were increased with coilovers, ventilated-drilled Brembo brakes and strutbars. And how can we forget – black JR10 wheels. Interior is mostly stock. I was actually surprised to see how simplistic and non-tacky it looks, compared to the other cars of the same era.
Juri also has a terrifying memory with the Fairlady. One day, the car’s locking mechanism broke down entirely. As he managed open the trunk, he climbed in – only to have the hatch fall on his leg, rendering him stuck for a long time. An extremely hot day, no one to help and no means of communication ment a car-guy like situation of the movie 127 hours. Incident ended luckily after Juri managed to pull the trunk wire near strut bar. “But overall, my Nissan has brought nothing but good memories,” Juri smiles.
Photography: Karl Idasaar