Iconic Nissans to attend Z Car Convention
The 31st International Z Car Convention in Atlanta will host four historically significant models from the brand's past, including the 850hp GTP-ZX Turbo.
Nearly 50 years ago the niche world of sports cars was blown wide-open thanks to the arrival of the Nissan 240Z. This initial Z car sent shockwaves through the industry as this humble brand announced that it could rival established sports car makers. Z cars have taken many forms over the years, but Nissan will be bringing a quartet of rare models to the 31st International Z Car Convention.
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Taking place on October 16-20 in Atlanta, USA the annual Z Car Convention is expected to attract over 1,200 Nissan and Datsun enthusiasts. Nissan itself will be supporting the event and will be dusting off four rare display cars from the Japanese manufactures past. A 1960 1200 sedan represents the very first model Nissan ever sold on American soil, while the 1960 Datsun Fairlady Roadster was actually the first sports car the brand imported to America. A rare Datsun 320 truck, and lastly the legendary #83 Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo.
All four of those classics of are keen interest, but the racing car is one of the most historically relevant. Not only does it have over 850hp, but this very car is the winner of the 1988-89 IMSA Championship. It help convince more stubborn members of the automotive public that Nissan had what it takes to build high performance cars.
Anne Corrao, Chief Marketing Manager Nissan North America, said: ‘These heritage vehicles provide a great window into Nissan's remarkable heritage here in North America – as well as showcasing how far car design and performance has come’.
As well as noteworthy cars, there will be some Z car heroes at the event also. John Morton – who raced a Nissan 300ZX Turbo for Cunningham Racing at Daytona, Sebring and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – will attend alongside Yoshihiko Matsuo, who was the original Datsun 240Z designer.
ZCON will also make use of Atlanta’s race tracks with a competitive autocross taking place at Atlanta Motorsports Park and a track day at Road Atlanta Raceway. That’s before things take to the streets for a charity cruise through the scenic northwest Georgia Mountains.
If you’re a Z car nut, you won’t want to miss this.
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