I was on my way to work the other day in my Nissan Frontier with my big glass of water that I usually bring with me. I was thinking that in a few days maybe I’ll be driving my next 300ZX to work and then I remembered something about my former 300… there are no cup-holders! I used to just take out the ashtray and put a cup there but that gets in the way of shifting, especially if you are sporting a big gulp or the like. I have started doing a little research on what aftermarket products are available these days to solve this “problem” and was disappointed to see that there really aren’t that many. There is one that I saw on Courtesyparts.com that you place where the ashtray is and it allows for 2 cups. I would think that one would get in the way as well and possibly not secure the cups very well while turning sharply at a decent speed. I also saw a craigslist listing where this gal had a more practical looking cup holder that fits on the passenger side near the parking brake. I asked her what kind of cup holder it was and she said she got it at Autozone. It turns out that one just slides between the passenger seat and the console so I’m not real sure how secure it is either but it’s cheap enough that I’ll probably buy one just to use for now and see how it works out.
I searched on Google to try and see if maybe someone had done some modifications to the console storage area or lid but couldn’t find any for the Z32; I did see several for the 240SX. It has me thinking that maybe I can figure out a way to fabricate some sort of practical cup-holder for my 300 that doesn’t look extremely out of place and if it works well then maybe that’s the thing that makes me rich and famous! OK, maybe I’m taking a step outside of reality there but I do plan to try and make something that will hold my cups for me while I’m cruising down the highway.
2010-07-30 UPDATE: The first thing that I did after I purchased my 300ZX was to buy gas for the long trip back and then I headed to Autozone to buy the above mentioned cup-holder. It came in very handy on the trip back to hold my drinks, change, cell phone, etc.