Nissan is marking 50 years of Z cars with a special edition 370Z.

The Z car made its global debut with the Datsun 240Z in 1969, followed by the 260Z and 280ZX, before the first Nissan-badged 300ZX debuted.

The Nissan 350Z went on sale at the start of the century before the current generation Nissan 370Z was unveiled at the 2008 LA Auto Show.

The 50th Anniversary Edition’s features a distinctive two-tone colour scheme, in red and white or silver and black combinations.

It’s taken from the number 46 BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) Datsun 240Z that won the 1970 and 1971 SCCA National Championships in the US.

The car is powered by a 3.7-litre V6 that produces 245kW of power at 7000 revs and 363Nm of torque at 5200 revs, and is paired with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic — both with downshift rev-matching.

Based on the standard coupe it features:

  • 50th anniversary badging features on the rear of the car and the surrounds of the indicators on the front quarter panels
  • White body with a red bonnet, a-pillars that connect through to the boot, side mirrors and two signature stripes on the side of the car (or)
  • Silver body with a black bonnet, roof a-pillars that connect through to the boot, side mirrors and two signature stripes on the side of the car
  • Along the side of the car, a thin line runs from the headlight to the rear glass, culminating in a small triangle inspired by the C-pillar of the Datsun 240Z
  • Updated 19 inch wheels, incorporating red rings
  • Red leather mesh on the seats incorporating the 50th anniversary wreath around the Z logo
  • Red stitching on the doors, knee pad, C Cluster and steering wheel – the latter also adding the red centre mark
  • There are red highlights on the shift knob and the shifter boot, plus a 50th anniversary logo
  • A 50th anniversary logo on the tachometer
  • Dark chrome Z logo on the kick plates and a black finisher

Nissan Australia boss Stephen Lester said the 370Z is an iconic car with a strong following in Australia.

“Since its arrival here we’ve sold almost 22,000 Zs, and this 50th anniversary commemorative edition is sure to attract passionate Z fans and buyers.”

The 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition is on sale now priced from $53,490 for the manual, or $55,990 for the automatic.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.