The definitive history of Nissan's Z-cars. From concept to the end of production, covers all versions of the Nissan 300ZX and 350Z. The 300ZX model enjoyed much success and is very highly-regarded by enthusiasts. The stunning new 350Z has taken the Z-car back to its Datsun 240Z sports car roots.
The Datsun 240Z was a landmark in automotive history - some say the Japanese E-Type Jaguar - and by the time the first generation of Z-cars came to an end in 1978, everyone around the world knew the name Datsun and that the company was serious about sports cars.
Here's the full story of the later Z cars from the 1998 300ZX through to the dynamic new 350Z of 2003.
Enthusiasm runs high for the Z cars. Unlike the 240Z and 260Z, which were pure sports cars, the 280ZX represented a new line of Grand Tourers. Two generations of 300ZX followed, the last being a true supercar with state-of-the-art engineering features. The 350Z returns the Z car to a purer, rawer sports car form but with very sophisticated technology allied to terrific performance.
The book contains a great deal of new information for enthusiasts in the West, as home market Japanese models have been covered in great detail. Photographs and other illustrations have been sourced almost exclusively from the factory, so those owners searching for originality are well catered for.
About the author
Born in Coventry, the heart of Britain's motor industry, Brian comes from a family with a proud heritage in the automotive and aviation fields. He trained as a mechanical engineer, and worked for a time at his father's garage. Brian became heavily involved in the classic car scene at 19, and says he turned to writing by accident. He now writes full-time and, since 1990, when his first book was released, he has had almost 60 titles published. Brian and his wife, Miho, have two children, Louis and Sophie-Mercedes. They currently live in Chiba, close to Tokyo, where they can enjoy life with their Dobermann and a Thoroughbred racehorse, now retired from the tracks.