PHOTOS: Nissan Z Car Celebrates the Big 5-0
New York City is a great place to go for celebrations, and Nissan took advantage of that just before the New York International Auto Show. The manufacturer unveiled its 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition to the assembled reporters and Nissan fans at a special press conference.
Nissan chose New York City for more than just its April auto show. It’s also where Nissan first introduced the first Z race car, the Datsun 240Z, 50 years ago.
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l“It’s no secret that the Datsun 240Z started the ball rolling for Japanese sports cars in the U.S.” said Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s corporate vice president of global product strategy and planning. “Almost as well known in Z history is how Peter Brock’s competition-tuned 240Z changed the American motorsports landscape. After the BRE 240Z debuted in 1970, Nissan/Datsun became one of the most successful companies in American motorsports – with thousands of victories over the past five decades.”
The Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition vehicle honors Peter Brock with its unique exterior design, which mimics the #43 Datsun 240Z race car owned by Brock Racing Enterprises. With John Morton driving, that car won several championships and brought Datsun and Nissan racing to national attention.
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The 2020 Nissan 370Z is slated for four trims – the base, Sport, Sport Touring, and 370Z NISMO for ultimate performance. If you want to bring home the commemorative model, it’s built on the Sport trim. According to Nissan, this level is the closest in spirit to the first Z car. The livery is modeled on the aforementioned historic car, but you still have options: You can choose white with red accents or silver with black accents. Besides the special exterior, everyone will know you’re driving the anniversary edition thanks to rear badging, special alloy wheels with red accents, and 50th Anniversary identification on the fender.
For more information about how many 50th Anniversary models will enter production and how to reserve yours, contact your preferred Nissan dealership.