Resto-mod specialist Inoue-san at Star Road has pretty much done everything that can be done to the Hakosuka, Kenmeri and Fairlady Z.
His style is appreciated the world over; Inoue-san modernizes without losing any of the tangible character that old engines give to these sort of cars, which is why you won’t see any of his builds running modern powerplants.
The trusty L-series stroked to over 3.0-liters is Inoue-san’s signature engine, an inline-six that’s able to provide well over 300hp to his cars. It’s precisely what he’s running in his recently completed Z project, one that had been a work in progress for close to two years.
Fuelling the engine is a trio of side-draught Solex carburetors, meticulously tuned to give the sort of throttle response that these highly-tuned motors are so famous for.
Presentation is a very important aspect of Star Road builds, and since this S30 was a ground up restoration it sports a meticulously finished engine bay, color matched to the metallic orange of the exterior and finished off with the usual array of chrome detailing, braided fuel lines, chunky ignition leads and a multi-core race radiator.
While Inoue-san was showing the interior of the car to an attendee at Old Timer magazine’s Kyusha Tengoku meet on Sunday, I took the chance to grab some pictures too. The attention to detail is outstanding, from the OEM trim to the more modern additions like Bride Low Max bucket seats, it strikes a great balance between new and old.
Star Road’s usual style is 240ZG-style works fender flares, but this car took so long to create because it served as an R&D tool for a new wide-body fender conversion kit. For those that want to go more extreme with their classic Z, this one’s for you.
The rear fenders are pretty wide and therefore required the redesign of the rear bumper section. Old school chrome bumpers have no place here.
A ducktail spoiler finishes things off at the base of the hatch.
The widening to the front arches follows the rounded profile of the rears and is designed to merge into the ZG-like front bumper which has been re-profiled with an integrated lip spoiler.
Finally, the car sits on Star Road Glow Star wheels shod in Pirelli P7 Corsa tyres for the ultimate modernized vintage feel.
This is about as wild as we’ve seen aero conversions for the S30 go in Japan, and we’d love to hear what you think of it.
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