1972 Datsun S30 RB-Z. Al Ain, UAE

With the decision to commit to a full restomod, Aaamir didn’t hold back. First thing on the shopping list were new wheels. The 17-inch items that came with the car didn’t fit the bill and a set of Work Meister CR01 rims were ordered up – 15 x 8.5 (-9) with 95mm lip up front and 15 x 9.5 (-24) with a massive 135mm lip at the rear.

The mix of classic design with modern elements is a best of both worlds theme that has been embraced throughout this build. The customised Grigio Estoque (Lamborghini Aventador grey) paint scheme has been complemented by bespoke carbon fibre elements, produced by Carbon Signal Automotive in Dubai, and the chrome trim has been blacked out.

The interior has been fully customised as very few original items were supplied with the purchase. Behind the Nardi steering wheel sit Autometer Ultralite II gauges and elements of the dash have been given the carbon fibre treatment with modern switchgear. Seating comes courtesy of some figure hugging Porsche GT3-style carbon fibre seats upholstered in black leather and alcantara with red stitching.

Taking advantage of the chassis reinforcement work, it was clear from the start of this project that dropping in a period correct L Series engine was never on the cards. An RB25DET NEO from an R34 Skyline was sourced and sits snugly in the bay providing massive power in such a lightweight car. However, under serious consideration at the moment is a new engine for the Z: a naturally aspirated RB26/30 combo running ITBs.

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