Nissan 370Z Commemorates 50 Years Anniversary Edition Celebrates the 240Z

The Nissan 370Z Has Never Looked Better Than This

The legendary Z turns 50 and celebrates with a unique livery inspired by the iconic BRE 240Z race car.
After the Datsun 240Z unveiled in New York 50 years ago, a race edition, the #46 BRE, began dominating the North American racing scene wearing livery like this(Credit: Nissan)

2019 New York Auto Show is a special one for Nissan. 50 years ago the automaker gave U.S. buyers the first glimpse of the now-iconic Datsun 240Z in the Big Apple. To mark the occasion, Nissan offers yet another special appearance package for the enduring 370Z, appropriately named the 50th Anniversary Edition.

The special 50th Anniversary edition of the 370Z is based on the Sport model, which Nissan considers the Sport to be the model with “true enthusiast spirit” represented(Credit: Nissan)

“It’s no secret that the Datsun 240Z started the ball rolling for Japanese sports cars in the U.S.,” said Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s corporate vice president of global product strategy and planning. “Almost as well known in Z history is how Peter Brock’s competition-tuned 240Z changed the American motorsports landscape. After the BRE 240Z debuted in 1970, Nissan/Datsun became one of the most successful companies in American motorsports – with thousands of victories over the past five decades.”

Solid detail-matching colors on the hood and deck lid for the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition are part of its iconic livery(Credit: Nissan)

That’s why the 50th Anniversary Edition wears such an interesting exterior. The two-tone finish with prominent dual side strips pays homage to Brock’s 240Z race car – one that absolutely dominated SCCA racing in the early 1970s. Nissan will offer the livery in two color options, white with red accents and silver with black accents. The package is available on base, Sport, Sport Touring, and Nismo models.

A small triangle on the C-pillar of the 370Z pays homage to the pillar shape of the Datsun 240Z(Credit: Nissan)

Regardless of the color or trim level, each car gets the prominent door strips with thin side stripes running from the headlights to the rear pillar. The Z badge on the fenders is also adorned with special 50th anniversary branding, and special 19-inch wheels reside at all four corners. Inside, the 50th Anniversary Edition gets additional treatment with 50th anniversary logos on the tachometer and seat headrests. Unique stitching, a special Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, floormats, and additional synthetic suede door panel inserts round out the updates.

A 50th Anniversary badge on the car and accents for the interior also denote this special edition for the 370Z(Credit: Nissan)

The 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition becomes the company’s fifth Z car to get the anniversary treatment. The trend began with the 1980 Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition, followed by a special 1984 300ZX Turbo that celebrated Nissan/Datsun’s 50th anniversary as a manufacturer. In 2005 the company released a 35th Anniversary Edition of the 350Z, and actually, the 370Z was brand new in 2009 for the 40th Anniversary Edition.

This ID plate on the rear of the car also denotes the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition status(Credit: Nissan)

Pricing or availability for the 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition will be released at a later date.

The 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition will be available for order in the US beginning later in 2019.

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50th Anniversary stitching and details adorn the interior of the 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition(Credit: Nissan)
Leather-appointed seating and suede-covered cushions have stitching and graphics also denoting the car’s 50th Anniversary Edition status(Credit: Nissan)
The red-on-white and black-on-gray livery of the #46 BRE is recreated on the new 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary models(Credit: Nissan)
Nineteen inch forged alloy wheels clad in Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires are also standard(Credit: Nissan)
The red-on-white was one of two color schemes used in the #46 BRE as it raced, the other being this black-on-gray scheme(Credit: Nissan)
The BRE design cues on the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition include the signature side stripes on the car’s side, and the solid matching colors on the hood and deck lid for the 370Z(Credit: Nissan)