As you’ve likely heard, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary Nissan Z sports car. The Japanese automaker has been celebrating that milestone all year long, but the party continues this weekend as six historic Z cars will be on display at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.
According to Nissan, the six Zs on display will include the following:
Brock Racing Enterprises Datsun 240Z
The first Nissan Z car to arrive in the U.S. was the 1970 240Z and it didn’t take long for someone to create a racing version of the car. Peter Brock built the first such car from the 240Z and fielded it in the 1970 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) C Production Championship with his Brock Racing Enterprises team. The team won the first of its string of titles that very year.
Unfortunately, the ’70 and ’71 championship winning car was destroyed in a racing incident. The car slated to be shown at Monterey is a faithful reproduction of the car. It wears the famous red, white, and blue colors of the BRE-livery along with the BRE front- and rear-spoilers and headlight covers. It even has a BRE-built, 2.4-liter I-6 with the original carburetors and intake manifold.
Bob Sharp Racing Datsun 240Z
Originally built as a display car for the U.S. auto show circuit, Datsun 240Z with chassis number 0006 was ultimately turned into a race car. After being damaged by a model at the 1969 Toronto Auto Show, corporate officials pulled the car from its display duties and handed it over to Bob Sharp Racing, which converted it into a track-tuned wunderkind. Between 1970 and 1978, the car was campaigned as a 240Z, 260Z, and 20Z, and ultimately scored SCCA C Production National Championships with the car in 1972, 1973, and 1975.
Bob Sharp Racing 240Z IMSA GTU
In addition to chassis number 00006, Sharp’s team built a backup SCCA C Production car from a 1970 240Z. In 1976, Sharp crashed a 240Z built for the IMSA series, so this particularly car was then converted to IMSA GTU specifications. Sharp entered the next race with the modified Z and took second place, but later crashed at Lime Rock Park. Sharp withdrew from driving after that, but the car continued to win at the hands of Paul Newman, Elliott Forbes Robinson, and Sam Posey. The car held IMSA GTU lap records at Brainerd, Daytona, Hallett, Lime Rock, Mid America, Mid Ohio, Pocono, Sears Point, Road Atlanta, and Talladega.
Nissan Motorsports 300ZX
Fielded in the IMSA GTO and later the GTS categories between 1989 and 1995, this Z proved to be utterly dominant. Nissan won a total of 19 races with the car, and snagged two Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships in 1992 and 1994 with Steve Millen behind the wheel. In 1994, the car took the overall win at both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. It also took fifth overall and first in class at that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. It proved to be so dominant on the track, IMSA revised its regulations, banning the 300ZX’s twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. The car adopted a V-8 for the 1995 season to comply, but the car’s career was cut short when Millen crashed at Road Atlanta.
2010 Nissan 370Z BRE Tribute Coupe
Earlier this year, Nissan created a special Nismo 370Z to honor Peter Brock and his multiple championships with the BRE 240Z. The car sports the famous red, white, and blue BRE livery and is actually, but it’s more than just a looker: Nissan built the car to current SCCA T2 regulations, and will field the car in several races during the remainder of this season.
2010 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition
What’s an anniversary without something special gift? Nissan’s given consumers and enthusiasts the new 2010 370Z 40th Anniversary to celebrate the car’s milestone. Built upon a Sport Touring coupe with a six-speed manual transmission, unique features include unique graphite paint, red leather interior, red brake calipers, red stitching, smoke-finished wheels, and 40th Anniversary badging on the rear hatch, front strut tower brace, floor mats, and the dashboard.
Look for the six Nissan Zs to hit the track this weekend at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.