Z: Blast from the Past

This is the first-generation Fairlady Z 432, which was launched in Japan in November 1969, then made its way to America the following year as the Datsun 240Z: Why 240Z?

This is the first-generation Fairlady Z 432, which was launched in Japan in November 1969, then made its way to America the following year as the Datsun 240Z:

1969 Fairlady Z 432

Why 240Z? It has a 2.4-liter engine.

Because we are nearing the 50th anniversary of the Z in the U.S. (and probably because the 370Z isn’t doing particularly well in the market: last year Nissan delivered just 5,913 Zs, which is off 20 percent compared to 2015, and by way of comparison, it delivered 14,006 Leafs, which was down 18.9 percent and 19,577 Jukes, which was down 27.8 percent—clearly the Z needs a bit of zip), Nissan is rolling out at the New York Auto Show this week the 2018 370Z Heritage Edition.

It is available in two color schemes: Chicane Yellow with black outside mirrors, gloss black graphics and yellow interior trim

2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition previewed at New York International Auto Show

and Magnetic Black, which has gloss silver graphics and yellow interior trim.

2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition previewed at New York International Auto Show

Why 370Z? Because it has a 3.7-liter engine.

Some things don’t change even after nearly 50 years.