This custom-built 300ZX served as a PPG Pace Car in the 1990s. This 300ZX was a specially made twin turbo convertible, which wasn’t available at dealers.

By Bea Elle

This week, through June 24, Nissan helps celebrate all things Nissan Z at the 30th annual International Z Car Convention (ZCON) in Austin, Texas. Hosted by the Z Car Club Association, the annual event hosts Datsun and Nissan Z car enthusiasts from around the world.

Nissan will display four historic vehicles: the Prince R380 race car, a 1971 240Z, a custom-built 300ZX which served as a PPG Pace Car in the ’90s, and the original 1999 Z concept that paved the way for the introduction of the 350Z.

Available on the base 370Z Coupe, the best-selling and most affordable trim level, the Heritage Edition package is offered in two exterior colors. The Chicane Yellow Heritage Edition features black outside mirrors, gloss-black graphics and yellow interior trim. The Magnetic Black Heritage Edition includes gloss-silver graphics and yellow interior trim.

Also at this year’s ZCON, Nissan will be showcasing the 2018 370Z Heritage Edition, which made its debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. Available on the base 370Z Coupe, the best-selling and most affordable trim level, the Heritage Edition package is offered in two exterior colors: Chicane Yellow and Magnetic Black. This week is the first time that both the Chicane Yellow and Magnetic Black 370Z Heritage Editions will be shown together.

The Z went on hiatus from 1997 to 2002 in the United States at the end of the (Z32) 300ZX production run. Nissan introduced a concept car at the 1999 North American International Auto Show. Intended to be an homage to the original Z-car, it was a bright orange two-seater with classic swept-back styling. While the car was not the direct inspiration for the V6 350Z that was to launch in 2003, the Z Concept kept the dream of an iconic sports car alive for Nissan at a critical time in the company’s history.

The Chicane Yellow Heritage Edition features black outside mirrors, gloss-black graphics and yellow interior trim. The Magnetic Black Heritage Edition includes gloss-silver graphics and yellow interior trim. The Heritage Edition also incorporates enhancements to the 370Z Coupe for the 2018 model year, including new headlight and rear combination light treatment, new rear fascia paint scheme, smoke chrome door handles and new EXEDY high-performance clutch (manual transmission). The 2018 370Z Coupe goes on sale this summer.

This Datsun 240Z featured was restored under the “ZStore Restoration Project” in 1996 and 1997. It was one of 38 restored and was used by Nissan for brochures and marketing purposes.

ZCON events will be held at various venues around the Austin area. Throughout the week, enthusiasts can participate in car shows and listen to special guest speakers. The week concludes on Saturday, June 24, with a car show at the famous Circuit of the Americas racetrack.

After breaking several land speed records in 1965, four R380s beat a trio of Porsche 906s to win the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix. The R380 that will be shown at ZCON is the actual Japanese Grand Prix winning car, and is believed to be the only surviving R380 in existence.

For more information on ZCON, visit the ZCON website. To find out more about the 2018 370Z Heritage Edition and the rest of the Nissan lineup, visit NissanUSA.com and NissanNews.com.