As regular JNC readers know, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Nissan GT-R and the Nissan Fairlady Z. The GT-R debuted on February 21, 1969 and the Fairlady Z debuted on October 18, 1969. Nissan has released two videos honoring these iconic models, showing every generation taking to the track.
It’s always great to see JNCs in motion, and this video is no exception. It covers all generations of the Z, starting with the S30. Curiously, few are the sportiest versions of the cars. Though filmed in Japan the S30 isn’t a Z432, both S130 and Z31 are 2+2 models, and the Z32 isn’t a twin-turbo. It ends on a 50th Anniversary 370Z. Still, there’s some good if brief footage of early testing of the S30 and really drives home the point that Zs are beloved across generations.
The GT-R video, on the other hand, is really fantastic. It covers every generation of Skyline GT-R from KPGC10 Hakosuka and KPCG110 Kenmeri to R32 through R34, capped off with a Bayside Blue 50th Anniversary R35 GT-R. The best part, though, is all six generations driving together, something you don’t see every day. Intercut with race footage, it’s thrilling to see the movement of the cars, the bodies lean into the curves.
Nissan gets a lot of guff for its current lineup, but fifty years is an important milestone. Besides, in this day and age it’s no small feat to have two performance icons remaining in your stable. Hopefully, both the GT-R and the Fairlady Z will see 50 more.