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Z cars celebrated this week at ZCON


Vintage Datsun and Nissan vehicles and their owners gather this week for the 31st annual International Z Car convention, being held in the Atlanta area. Nissan North America is sending four historic vehicles from its corporate collection to the five-day convention, which runs through Saturday.

Activities at ZCON include car shows, a charity cruise, autocross and track-day events.

1961 Datsun Fairlady was the pre-Z

As many as 1,200 people are expected to attend with their Datsun or Nissan Z cars, from 240Zs to the current 350Z models. By the way, the 240Z celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019.

The Nissan corporate entries are a 1960 Datsun 1200 sedan, an example of the first passenger car sold by Nissan in U.S.; a 1960 Datsun Fairlady roadster, the first Datsun sports car imported to the U.S. market; a 1965 Datsun 320 pickup truck; the No. 83 Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo that claimed the 1988 and 1989 IMSA GTP racing championships.

Nissan also will showcase its new 2019 Altima model at the event.

“These heritage vehicles provide a great window into Nissan’s remarkable heritage here in North America – as well as showcasing how far car design and performance has come when looking at the exciting all-new, 6th generation 2019 Nissan Altima,” Anne Corrao, chief marketing manager for Nissan North America, is quoted in the company’s news release.

1960 Datsun 1200 was the first Nissan product exported to the U.S. market

In addition to the cars, Nissan is sending motorsports stars Peter Brock and John Morton to the event, along with Yoshihiko Matsuo, the designer of the original 240Z.

Various ZCON events will be held around the Atlanta area, with autocross competition at Atlanta Motorsports Park and track and parade laps at Road Atlanta Raceway. The charity cruise will tour the mountains northwest of the city.

For more information, visit the ZCON website.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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