SOTW: NISSAN BLUEBIRD ZX TURBO
It's all about the grandma chic...
The Bluebird was a blue rinse favourite and became sadly unloved once they finally changed hands. Some gave a few years faithful service as an illegal cab in central London but even then they would eventually be replaced by a 200,000 mile Peugeot 406. In the end they became a rare and unloved sight on our roads.
But this wasn’t the end. Not all Bluebirds came in metallic blue and there was a rather interesting version called the ZX Turbo (although in Japan there was a few other hot versions including a four-wheel drive) which admittedly most of the PH office had managed to almost erase from their minds. But when Mr Will came across this red example in PH Classifieds a glimmer of recollection turned into an all-round agreement that this is one cool car.
The Nissan Bluebird was a mid-sized car that was launched way back in 1957. Various Nissans and Datsuns carried the Bluebird name until we arrived at the U11 series, which was front-wheel drive and launched in October 1983. It was a boxy looking thing but sold reasonably well in the UK, with owners applauding its all-round capabilities and good reliability.
A V6 was even offered in Japan but the top model we got was the 1.8-litre ZX Turbo. The four-pot pumped out 135bhp and 140lb-ft of torque, hauling the ZX from 0-60mph in a very respectable 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 120mph.
'In 1997 Mrs. Setter decided to start driving it again, (I have every MOT from 1997 onwards) that year the mileage was 11,670 miles !
'Inside the car is very clean and tidy, drivers seat with elecrtic lumber and bolster adjustment, original over mats and a cd head unit.
'Outside the car clean up really well, I'm always getting comments about how tidy it is ! Although not perfect I keep the paint work well pollished and it does keep a good shine.
'As with all 20 year old cars there is the od little parking ding and a single rust spot on the o/s/r arch.
Since owning the car I made a few subtle changes:
Sony cd head unit
x2 new tyres
I still have all the original parts, airbox, steering wheel and factory tape player.
Drives like a car with 49,000 miles should, although clutch is high, it does not slip and there is a brand new boxed clutch supplied.