By tomorrow night the world will know what the long-awaited seventh-generation Z-car will look like. It’s been over 50 years since the debut of the original, so let’s take this opportunity to reflect on our fondest memories of the Z, no matter which generation.
For me, personally, it was probably receiving a Bluestreak toy from my aunt as a birthday present. Transformers, though, were flying off store shelves and nearly impossible to get. My aunt didn’t even know what they were, just that they were “popular with the kids.” I’ve competed in a TSD rally in a good friend’s 240Z, gone camping with my wife out of a 370Z, driven a sub-200-mile Z32, and attended the Z’s 50th birthday party at the hotel where the original 240Z was unveiled, but I will never forget this toy. At the time my peer group was outgrowing Matchboxes (but not cartoons created as 30-minute toy advertisements targeting children) so it was no longer “cool” to like toy cars. Bluestreak not only made me realize there was something special about the Z, but rekindled my love for cars of all sizes, a passion that I haven’t strayed from since.
What’s your fondest Nissan Z-Car memory?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “If you could only own one car from each Japanese marque, what would your garage look like?”
Last week’s question provoked some truly fascinating answers. We know it was tough, but that’s what made it a fun question. Ginkei Garage, for example, created a garage of top-notch classics with almost no practicality. Tim was forced to use his Nissan slot for a tow rig, so no Skyline or Z for him! Teddy Fleming does get a Skyline, but an R31 Wagon as a kid hauler and chooses a surprising zero sports cars on his list. Ellis went all-out for his Toyota slot, grabbing no just any 2000GT but the Carroll Shelby SCCA race car, yet filled his Subaru slot with a 1969 Sambar Van.
We could go on and on, but you should really just read them all because every single answer is interesting and good. It was nearly impossible to pick a winner, but in the end we went with Land Ark, because even though we imposed no budget or attainability restrictions, the list was comprised mostly of cars that were nostalgic and personally meaningful: