Last week, Autocar brought you a first drive of the new Nissan 370Z Nismo. To celebrate, we've gone though the archives to bring you a picture history of Nissan's iconic Z cars.
The first Nissan Z car was the Datsun 240Z, unveiled in autumn 1969. Current Nissan president Carlos Ghosn described this car as "a two-seat sports car that revolutionized the automotive world at the time. It had European styling, American muscle, Japanese quality and global desirability."
Despite it being the car that brought the Datsun name to the global stage, 240Z wasn't the firm's first sports car. Its roots can be traced back to the Datsun Sports of 1952 and 1957, as well as the Datsun Fairlady of 1968.
Many more Z models, including race and rally variants, have followed since, and the name still lives on today with the recently-launched 370Z.