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Nissan, one of the top Japanese car brands, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 370Z. It's a big deal for a vehicle to make it that long in an industry where cars can be discontinued for having one bad year.
But the 40th Anniversary Edition deserves some more attention. According to Motor Trend, it was both beautiful and rare.
Few models make it to 40
Making it to 40 years in the business is no small feat. There's a lot that can go wrong, such as too many recalls, consumers who just aren't buying the new look, and a fluctuating market. Some vehicles, like the Cadillac XLR, had the looks, the power, and the brand, but failed to make it a decade before production came to a screeching halt.
The 370Z has overcome all the battles thrown its way. The tiny sports car both withstood the test of time and opened new doors. It proved that Americans were more than happy to buy sports cars that came from Japan as opposed to strictly buying American.
In 2010, which was the 40th anniversary for the 370Z, Nissan decided to celebrate by releasing a tribute edition of the car.
The Nissan 40th Anniversary Edition 370Z was inspired by the original
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The 2010 Nissan 40th Anniversary Edition 370Z was somewhat inspired by the original. Even though the tribute model is a 370Z, it's based on the Nissan Fairlady Z. The Fairlady Z helped set off the Z series, which are some of the most popular Nissans on the market.
The Fairlady Z was equipped with an L24 six-cylinder in-line engine. It could generate 128 horsepower and could go from zero to 60 in 8.6 seconds. The body was a coupe style with a long hood. Rather than having the traditional trunk area, it was a hatchback.
The Anniversary Edition 370Z took some inspiration from the Fairlady Z but still managed to have its own flare.
What were the specs like?
The 40th Anniversary Edition 370Z was a Touring model. This placed it just a step above the base model, but it had plenty of features to make it worthy of being a tribute for the Fairlady Z.
A typical Touring model included a six-disc in-dash CD player, an MP3 player, Bose speakers, dimming rearview mirrors, adjustable lumbar support, heated seats, and leather-trimmed upholstery.
The engine is a 3.7-liter V-6 that can generate 322 horsepower. That's quite a jump from the Fairlady's 128. The transmission was a six-speed manual, which was complemented by a Synchro-Rev automatic rev-matching function that’s only available on the Anniversary Edition.
To make the Anniversary Edition 370Z stand out even more, it's painted "40th Graphite" gray. The interior is a beautiful red color, right down to the inserts on the door, brake calipers, and stitching on the trim. To top it off, the leather seats have 40th Anniversary embroidery on the back.
When it was new, the 40th Edition 370Z started at $39,580, and there were only 1,000 models built.
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