Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition Celebrates Half a Century of Z

Automotive News 17 April 16, 2019 by

In 1969, Nissan debuted the very first in its long line of Z cars. Now, 50 years later it’s celebrating its golden anniversary with a special edition 370Z.

Introduced at the New York Auto show, the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition pays homage to the Z’s racing past. Specifically, the #46 240Z from Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE).

If you’re not familiar with the #46 BRE 240Z, it raced in the SCCA National Championship during the 1970s. There it racked up several wins and even took home the overall championship multiple times with John Morton at the wheel.

The Anniversary Edition pulls several of its styling cues from that iconic race car, mainly with the paint job. Starting with a white 370Z Nissan added on several red accents, including a red hood, pillars, and rear hatch. There’s also a set of red side stripes on the door as well. It’s fairly striking and is sure to stand out from the crowd.

If the red and white two-tone is a bit much, Nissan is offering buyers a more subdued version. With a silver base coat and black accents, it’s not nearly as in your face but still harkens back to the original car.

In addition to the bespoke paint job, the car also gets unique badging and model-specific 19-inch RAYS wheels with red accents.

Venturing inside, there are more custom touches. The steering wheel is covered in Alcantara with race car inspired details. There’s also suede door inserts, dark chrome trim, and 50th anniversary floor mats as well. But the real party piece is the seats, which are suede and feature an embossed Z logo in the backrest.

Other than the visual changes, the 370Z stays fairly standard when it comes to the mechanical bits.

The engine is still the 3.7-liter V6 pumping 332hp and 270lbft of torque. The six-speed manual is a close ratio box with rev matching as standard. Buyers can also opt for a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters as well.

Currently, there’s no pricing or availability for the 50th Anniversary Edition. But the new 2020 model of the 370Z goes on sale later this month. Due to this, we expect more information over the coming weeks.

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