'Nissan Z: 50 Years of Exhilarating Performance is the Nissan-official chronicle of Z history, from Datsun's planning for the new model in the late 1960s through the latest 50th anniversary 370Z.
The Datsun 240Z revolutionized the sports car industry and demolished established assumptions about Japanese automakers. With the Z, Datsun gave the world a sleek, sexy, fast product—one that forever banished the idea that Japanese manufacturers could only build economy cars.
Over the past 50 years, six generations of the Z car have generated a massive, devoted following. More than 1.5 million cars have been sold in North America alone, with a considerable additional number sold worldwide. The retro-inspired 350Z reinvigorated the Z’s fortunes in the 21st century, and the latest incarnation, the 370Z continues the tradition of high-performance in a modern, affordable package.
In addition to a complete history of the Z, this handsomely illustrated book details the car's extensive racing history with successes in IMSA and SCCA sports car racing, including extensive racing by Paul Newman for Bob Sharp and John Morton with Brock Racing Entrprises. Special attention is devoted to the cult of Z-fans around the world who have supported Nissan's sports car through thick and thin and the early car’s emergence as a rapidly appreciating collector car.
The story is told by author Pete Evanow, who has enjoyed a long working relationship with Nissan. His insights into the history of this automotive icon provide a new, compelling perspective on the five decades of the Z.'
Owners of one of Mr. Evanow's previous Z-Car books, Z: 35 Years of Nissan's Sports Car, will find that this book both updates and builds upon it in a refreshing new take on the history, legacy, and future of the world renowned Z-Car. This new book, like his previous work, features 176 pages of great Z information and has one of the best compilations of Z related imagery to date in a great hardcover package.
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