Nissan is bringing its four historic vehicles and sports cars to the 31st annual International Z Car Convention which started from Tuesday in Atlanta.
Nissan will display four of its vintage cars:
A 1960 Datsun 1200 Sedan,
A 1960 Datsun Fairlady Roadster,
A 1965 Datsun 320 Truck, and
The No. 83 Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo, the 1988-89 IMSA Championship race car.
This convention will last for five days. Motorsports legends Peter Brock of Australia and American John Morton, Yoshihiko Matsuo, the designer of the original 240Z are also attending the event.
The 1200 Sedan was the first Datsun introduced to the U.S. it was originally unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show as the 1000 Sedan. It used the same platform as the Datsun 1200 Pickup truck and sold 146 units from 1959-1960 as the 1000 and 1,318 as 1200.
The Fairlady was the forerunner of the Z car line whereas the convertible was the first sports car Datsun exported from Japan. It had the same engine as the 1200 Sedan. It was named in reference to the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady.”
Datsun built the compact 320 from 1961 through 1965 as the second generation of truck exported to the U.S. Its engine was upgraded to an advertised 60 hp and 67 lb-ft. of torque. It was also equipped with a torsion bar independent front suspension, replacing the solid beam axle found on earlier truck models.
The Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo used a racing-modified version of the turbocharged V6 engine which company also put in the Nissan 300ZX. It became the first car to defeat the Porsche 962. It also won the Constructor’s Championship in 1989, 1990 and 1991.