Landon Draper’s Z Story: I am a 19 (soon to be 20) year old sophomore in college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and recently I made purchase for my first Z, a 1982 280zx.
I’m not sure when I found out about the Z in general, but I have loved the design for a while now. It’s so unique and just gives me this feeling of class meets sport. For about the past year or so I have been on the hunt to find myself a Z that I could make my very own project. For a couple of months I would be going back and forth with potential sellers but most of the time nothing would ever come from it. Then, early February I found an awesome S130 that ran beautifully with some minor body and paint issues. Being a beginner when it comes working on cars I figured this would be a challenge that I could certainly take on. So I decided I had to have this car. Made the four hour drive from Raleigh, NC to go to Northern VA, picked up the Z and made the drive home in it. Driving in this car is an incredible feeling, it’s hard to describe but I feel like the right word would be nostalgic, even though I was born about 20 years after this vehicle. I plan to fix up the interior, get all the gauges working, pull out some dents, repaint, and then get to some cosmetic items to make the car my own.
I’m incredibly excited to see where this car takes me and what I can do for it. Here’s to the Z!
What’s your Z story? #zownersunite