Fifty years ago, the original Datsun 240Z was shown in North America for the first time in New York City.
To mark the anniversary, Nissan has unveiled the 370Z Anniversary Edition to the public ahead of the New York International Auto Show, which opens this Friday, April 19th.
The car sports a racing livery mimicking that of the No. 46 Brock Racing Enterprises Datsun 240Z that driver John Morton wheeled to SCCA national championships in 1970 and 1971, under the factory team headed up by American automotive designer Peter Brock.
Only 50 units will be made available to Canada, which will be based on the Sport model, one level up from base. Two colour schemes are available, white and red or silver and black, with each version featuring a pair of signature stripes on the doors, an accent-colour painted hood, A-pillars, and trunk, black side mirrors, and a key line that runs from the headlight to the rear glass, along with 50th Anniversary badging and unique 19-inch alloy wheels with red accents.
The interior integrates a special Anniversary Edition Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with a centre stripe, an Anniversary logo on the tachometer, and a badged shifter base plate and kickplates. Leather upholstery is used on the four-way power adjustable and heated seats with embossed logos incorporated on the backrests.
The 3.7-litre V-6 engine, which produces 332 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm, can be mated with either a close-ratio, 6-speed manual gearbox with a rev-matching system or a 7-speed automatic, which also rev matches while incorporating paddle shifters and an adaptive shift control system that’s designed to simulate manual shifts when operating in manual mode.
“The Datsun 240Z started the ball rolling for Japanese sports cars in North America,” said Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s corporate vice president of global product strategy and planning. “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.”
Pricing has not yet been announced but expect to see them in dealers next month. The 2019 Nissan 370Z Sport is priced from $34,198 plus $1,950 in delivery fees.
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