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A two-tone Nissan 370Z marks 50 years of Z cars
Nissan's very, very elderly sports car pays tribute to a Japanese veteran
The Nissan 370Z is old. Really old. In sports car terms, it’s prehistoric. The 370Z was revealed way back in 2008 – 11 years ago, history fans – and was basically a thorough update and restyle of the 350Z sports car. Which dated back to 2003. Apparently Henry VIII had one, in orange.
Nissan’s burly rear-wheel-drive V6 coupe is still going - if not strong - and it’s stuck around long enough to pay tribute to its great-great-grandad. Meet the Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition, which marks a whole five decades since Nissan’s predecessor Datsun first revealed the 240Z. That’s the genesis of Nissan’s sports car heritage.
The two-tone livery pays homage to a particularly famous 240Z, namely the #46 ‘Brock Racing Enterprises’ Datsun that driver John Morton drove to several overall wins in America’s premier sports car racing series, the SCCA National Championships.
The car’s rear wing has been binned to enhance the retro look, but beyond the livery, the Alcantara material inside and the plaques, this is a standard 370Z, good for 332bhp and 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds. You get a limited-slip diff, a six-speed manual gearbox with a rev-blipper, or you can option in a seven-speed automatic if you’re slightly odd.
It’s good of Nissan to pay tribute to the 240Z. The two-forty is a landmark car for Japan, and a cracking classic buy to this day. But this party guest also reminds us just how old the 370Z is these days. Surely it’s time for a new baby-brother to the GT-R, by now?