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Three Ja­panese cars that aren’t the usual sus­pects, plus a buy­ing guide for the Nissan 350Z and the low-down on TVR’S T350

Nissan’ s mini mus­cle car is age­ing nicely and of­fers sim­ple plea­sures from just £5000. Is it all too good to be true? by Peter To­ma­lin

IT’S 15 YEARS SINCE NISSAN LAUNCHED THE 350Z AND writ­ing these words makes me feel rather nos­tal­gic. Not just be­cause I used to run a Zed on the Fast Fleet, but be­cause we’re un­likely to see its like again. Who to­day would launch a small coupe with a brawny, 276bhp 3.5-litre V6, man­ual gear­box and in­dul­gent rear-wheel drive, all for the price of a ba­sic TT?

In fact, the 350Z was launched first in Japan and the US, and it was a year later, in the late sum­mer of 2003, that we finally got the Euro­pean-spec model, its sus­pen­sion re­worked by the team at the Nissan Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre Europe, based at Cran­field, Bed­ford­shire. So good was this setup that Nissan adopted it for all Zs from that point for­ward.

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