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What is it Like to Daily Drive a Classic Sports Car?



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Driving an old car in modern traffic is a unique experience, one that can be fraught with anxiety.

Does the person beside me in their enormous SUV actually see me, or am I swallowed by their blind spot? Is my cooling system strong enough to handle this endless bumper-to-bumper? Is my fuel gauge accurate or more of a 'suggestion?'
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I just treat the car like any other... keep up on its required maintenance and take care of it like you would a new car. Of course the chances of something going wrong are higher than that of something newer, but what the h*ll, drive it anyways I say.


As far as driving everyday, I absolutely love it. All my Z's are or have been a daily driver and for me its a thrill to be on the road with something that is not so common, everyday. maybe not all fancy and modern, but the classic has a cool style all its own. always a head turner. these cars were made to be driven. truly unique. being one of the few, perhaps maybe the only person driving around Abu Dhabi in a Z31 everyday gives me great joy and pride. forget face book, twitter, and instagram... who needs social media status when they have a cool old car? its all I need


I feel that others driving around this planet probably feel the same way.


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Pooja II ~ 1984 300ZXT 50th AE ~ 2018 - 2019
Pooja ~ 1987 300ZX 2+2 NA2T ~ 2012 - 2018
Suzanna ~ 1983 280ZX Coupe ~ 2010 - 2019
Alana ~ 1976 280z Coupe NA2T ~ 2008 - 2019
Dianna ~ 1980 280ZX Slick Top ~ 2001 - 2007

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I have two classic sports cars, the 280z and a Porsche 944. Neither one is practical for my sales job, but on nights and weekends I park the new car and drive the sports cars. The 944 is more comfortable and has a good working A/C which is a must in the summer where I live. The 280z fuel rail isn't made for today's alcohol added fuel so I have to remember to crack the hood open when parked or fuel vaporizes and it's hard to start up and get going again. Also, if I wreck the 944 I can find another car with a good body, probably decent paint, and swap all my good parts over. If the 280z gets wrecked, I probably won't find another rust free body very easily. Both are insured enough to buy another. I have restored both cars enough to be very reliable so that isn't an issue, but I don't drive either one to remote areas with nobody else around and no cell service. You do have to learn how to drive defensively because nobody respects your little car. The lack of air bags doesn't concern me as much because I drove for many years without all the newest safety equipment. More people should daily drive their classic cars, or at least drive them once a week. I can't imagine having a car that just sits in the garage.
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man, I love those 944s..... such a cool sporty little car. wish they came with a 6 cylinder, but the sleek style and look is good enough for me.
everyday when I drive, I'm always at risk of getting wrecked and I know that it will be a complete loss and I would never see return in money for what I put in to the car, but that's part of the game.... drive it. enjoy it. rock it.... and hope for the best.


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You may find yourself yelling at others to stop texting since its harder to replace than the appliances that other people drive.
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My big piston 4 cylinder on the 944 has the same power as the little piston 6 on my 280z and the engine displacement is very close. The car weighs almost the same too. The 280z has more low end torque off the line, but drops off faster at the high end while the 944 starts off a little slow but really picks up fast over 5k RPM. If you can afford it, get one of each.
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You may find yourself yelling at others to stop texting since its harder to replace than the appliances that other people drive.

No kidding. I become totally irate with these people! it's hard to keep my middle finger from going up and out the window


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Pooja II ~ 1984 300ZXT 50th AE ~ 2018 - 2019
Pooja ~ 1987 300ZX 2+2 NA2T ~ 2012 - 2018
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Alana ~ 1976 280z Coupe NA2T ~ 2008 - 2019
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My big piston 4 cylinder on the 944 has the same power as the little piston 6 on my 280z and the engine displacement is very close. The car weighs almost the same too. The 280z has more low end torque off the line, but drops off faster at the high end while the 944 starts off a little slow but really picks up fast over 5k RPM. If you can afford it, get one of each.


I got to drive one here in Dubai a few years ago, but I only took it around the block so I couldn't get it up full highway speed. nice little ride though. and its got a back seat which is a plus. I was looking for the turbo model, but those are rare here. I prefer the interior looks of the early car. 83-87? I think? don't remember when they made the interior change.


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Pooja II ~ 1984 300ZXT 50th AE ~ 2018 - 2019
Pooja ~ 1987 300ZX 2+2 NA2T ~ 2012 - 2018
Suzanna ~ 1983 280ZX Coupe ~ 2010 - 2019
Alana ~ 1976 280z Coupe NA2T ~ 2008 - 2019
Dianna ~ 1980 280ZX Slick Top ~ 2001 - 2007

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If you can afford it, get one of each.

you know if funny that you mention that. I don't know if its some kind of fate, irony, coincidence, or just perfect timing, but its almost like things just tend to happen unexpectedly.


so, I started thinking and went online to the local classifieds just to see what I could find, and low and behold, I found this:
1987 924S with 16,000 miles for $6,000


I've already talked with the guy and I am just bewildered with my curiosity about such a find. I love my Z's, but I just can't help myself.
going to see it tomorrow.


what do you think?
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Pooja II ~ 1984 300ZXT 50th AE ~ 2018 - 2019
Pooja ~ 1987 300ZX 2+2 NA2T ~ 2012 - 2018
Suzanna ~ 1983 280ZX Coupe ~ 2010 - 2019
Alana ~ 1976 280z Coupe NA2T ~ 2008 - 2019
Dianna ~ 1980 280ZX Slick Top ~ 2001 - 2007
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Awesome! Porsche and Nissan/Datsun always make the coolest cars>
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