Ever since I was a young man growing up I knew I had something for small, two-seat convertibles. For old British roadsters, as a matter of fact. Or... ahem... just the way they were built and looked, actually. It wouldn't take much more than a bespoke Triumph TR3 or an... ahem... Austin Healey 3000 to float my boat.
In theory, that is. Because in practice I pretty much hate all modern roadsters except for just a few, and I mean... very few... so-called "modern classics". So many manufacturers have started nowadays to... ahem... launch retro-styled vehicles. From Volkswagen to Mini or Fiat, all the big dogs are now trying to recreate the... ahem... success of some of their previous halo models.
Nissan has also jumped on this rather... ahem... stupid bandwagon back in 2003. Some of you older geezers will probably remember that about three decades ago there was a Japanese manufacturer called... ahem... Datsun. One of their most loved models was the peculiarly-named 240Z "Fairlady", followed by the... ahem... 280Z "Fairlady" on its next generation.
Both the 240Z and the 280Z were available in coupe and roadster form, but the one who really got my attention back then was the open-top. Even though it was manufactured by the... ahem... Japs, it had a certain je ne sais quoi about it that I ultimately liked.
This 370Z Roadster, on the other hand, is... ahem... a piece of cow dung on wheels. Who are they trying to kid? Just because a few curves on it remind someone of the original "Z" it doesn't mean it's true for all the rest of us.
To me it just looks like someone took a 350Z (another car I hated) and made a gigantic... ahem... balloon out of it, on which it slapped a couple of boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights. I'm utterly disgusted by its looks, honestly!