2005 NISSAN 350 Z RoadsterView vehicle description
The Nissan 350Z appeared in 2002 as a hard top coupe and a year later as the convertible, all came with a 3.5 litre V6 engine driving the rear wheels making it the spiritual successor to the fabled Z line of sports cars going back to the 1970s, following the long bonnet, short boot 2 seater format. The design came from Ajay Panchal of Nissan Design America in San Diego, California in 2000, and the West Coast influence in visible in its looks. The Nissan 350Z was also campaigned competitively in racing, as well as in the then-new sport of drifting. These might have been diametrically opposed disciplines but the 350Z was hugely effective in both and this motorsport success bolstered its reputation as a proper sportscar, something its appearance in Forza Motorsport 2 and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift did nothing to dispel.
This car was sold new in September 2005 from Hammond Nissan in Suffolk, but almost immediately its servicing was moved to Toomey Nissan in Basildon who took it in for regular maintenance, stamping the book at 9000, 14, 15, 19, 26, 37 an 47 thousand miles taking it up to 2015, when care was taken over by nearby AFS Autos in Wickford, Essex who serviced it 4 more times, taking it to 78,365 - it currently has just 80, 926 miles on the clock. The car was bought from a close family member of the owner so its recent history is known to be trouble free, however owning a few cars and not having much time the 350Z has not seen much use so is now offered for sale.
On the Outside
Red is an ideal colour for a sports car like this, suiting the shape and character of the car well. The panels are in excellent condition with no dings, dents or corrosion to be found and the paint has a deep gloss shine. On close inspection there are quite a large number of stone chips around the nose of the car, some have been touched in, but this isn’t instantly detectable and doesnt detract from the over-all impression of the car.
The hood is in superb condition, raising and lowering correctly with the button. The black fabric is excellent and it has a glass rear window.
Its alloy wheels look fantastic. There are a couple of chips on the spokes and only one or the rim edges all around the car.
On the Inside
The cabin is in superb shape, the black leather seats show almost no wear, even on the bolsters and the black carpet is unmarked. It also comes with dealer fit factory floor mats and has metal sports pedals.
The door cards are also unblemished and the satin silver door pulls have the three square indent motife found around the car.
It has the Bose hifi upgrade and leather steering wheel and gear knob. The wheel looks excellent but the gear shift has quite a bit of wear to the hide.
Under the car is totally original looking and when viewed from the side of the car, the floor it looks undamaged and very clean.
In the engine bay there is no visible sign of accident damage and we saw no signs of fluid leaks. The owner tells us it drives very well.
The Nissan has been well maintained throughout its life, with regular main dealer service for the first decade before moving to an independent garage. With very low miles for the year, just 80,926, it has not required major work. Notable items that have been taken car of are a new battery in 2019 - the car has done very few miles in the intervening time and been garaged with the battery charged and disconnected in that time and in 2018 a new ignition coil pack was fitted to cure a misfire.
What We Think
These great sports cars are sometimes overlooked in the UK while other countries have fallen for their charms in a big way.
With so few miles on the clock this 350 has barely been used so still feels like a car far younger than its years, and the hood works perfectly ready for summer, plus it will be sold with a fresh MOT.
We estimate the cars value to be between £7,000 - £10,000.
Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located off site in Eastchurch, Kent, United Kingdom.
If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage options plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping.
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