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Ryan OlbryshCar and Driver
The next-generation Nissan Z is coming, and we’re excited for a new rear-drive twin-turbo manual-transmission sports car. The Z makes us remember when the hottest red and blue debate on television was between glass bottles instead of old men, and when marketing teams couldn’t build it in Photoshop with computer-generated cars. Datsun and Nissan advertised their sports car through a natural lens, enlisting help from pilots and dudes with incredible mustaches, among others, and they built cars sharp enough to stop the paperboy’s bike in its tracks. In case you missed it, we’ve also put together a collection of some of our favorite characters from car commercials. Here are some of the best Z-car commercials through the years.
All the Trimmings | Datsun 240Z
The simplicity of the early Z-car was a key to its success. Datsun didn’t need to reinvent the wheel; it just needed to use what was out there already and better than anyone else. Disc brakes, MacPherson struts, and an independent rear suspension gave it the moves John Morton needed to earn SCCA C-Production national championships in 1970 and 1971.
We’ve Got ‘Stache Envy | Datsun 280ZX
It’s not certain whether that’s fog from a machine …
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