Category Archives: 300ZX – Z31

the whole Z story… so far

found this timeline in a story about the 40th anniversary 370Z coming out in 2010…

Z car milestones

Oct. 22, 1969: The Datsun 240Z (Nissan Fairlady Z in Japan) goes on sale in the United States.

1974: The inline six-cylinder engine grows to 2.6 liters and the name changes to 260Z. A 2+2 model is added.

1975: The engine grows to 2.8 liters and the name changes to 280Z.

1979: Second-generation 280ZX is introduced.

1981: 280ZX Turbo joins the lineup.

1984: Nissan launches third-generation 300ZX with 3.0-liter V6.

1990: Fourth-generation 300ZX arrives, with 222 hp. 300ZX Turbo follows with 300 hp.

1996: Nissan drops Z car from U.S. market.

1999: Nissan shows a 240Z concept at the Detroit auto show. But it is rejected for production.

2001: Nissan shows a reworked Z Concept at the Detroit auto show. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the car will go into production.

2003: Fifth-generation 350Z goes on sale with 3.5-liter V6.

2008: Sixth-generation 370Z unveiled at Los Angeles auto show.

2009: A convertible version of the 370Z goes on sale.

a Z31 in the wind

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i was absolutely astonished (was going to say “blown away” but figured that might not be politically correct) at the devistation. a coworker sent me a link to some photos of the tragedy, and what would i see in them but a black Z31 – 300ZX – who’s life had come to an end. i’m really curious as to whether the tops blew off or if the owner just forgot to put them back on before the storm hit.

‘From Sorrow to 60 in 5.8 Seconds’

more proof that driving a Z can improve almost any state of mind….

an article appeared in the Saturday, May 7, 2005 LATImes titled, “From Sorrow to 60 in 5.8 Seconds”. it caught my attention because of the flame-covered 300ZX as the lead photo.

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even though no Z cars were mentioned in the article, there were 2 photos — including this photo of a 1985 or so [if you can ID, please comment on this article] 300zx just under the fold on the front page — doing a burnout.

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