The original Datsun 240Z made its debut in the fall of 1969
and immediately set the sports car world on its head.
One year short of its 50th anniversary, the iconic "Z car" is still being celebrated around the world, including last week at the 31st annual International Z Car Convention.
From Oct. 16-20, an estimated 1,200 Z Datsun and Nissan enthusiasts took to the streets and nearby racetracks of Atlanta for the five-day festival of all things Z, known as ZCON.
Nissan, a key supporter of the annual event, was on hand with a quartet of vintage vehicles – along with one of the first public showings of its all-new 2019 Nissan Altima.
The four display vehicles were:
∙ 1960 Datsun 1200 Sedan, a version of the first passenger car sold by Nissan in the U.S.
∙ 1960 Datsun Fairlady Roadster, the first Datsun sports car imported to the North America.
∙ 1965 Datsun 320 Truck, with 60 hp four-cylinder engine
∙ #83 Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo, the 1988-89 IMSA Championship race car with 850 plus hp.
In addition to the vehicles, three people with special associations to Nissan sports cars were on hand at ZCON 2018 – motorsports legends Peter Brock and John Morton, and original 240Z designer Yoshihiko Matsuo will attend from Japan.
For more information on the 2018 ZCON, visit the ZCON website
At the recent five-day (Oct 16-20) International Z Car Convention, Nissan brought several historic cars including too row from left: 1960 Datsun 1200 Sedan and a 1960 Datsun Fairlady Roadster; bottom row from left, 1965 Datsun 320 Truck, and the #83 Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo, the 1988-89 IMSA Championship racecar.
Z-car club driving tour through Central Ontario