This is the BRE Datsun 240Z that proved the Japanese could build sportscars — and race cars — that could compete with the best from the United States and Europe.
Forty years ago John Morton and Brock Racing Enterprises won the SCCA National Championship in this very car. It was the first time a Japanese production-based car had won, and it proved the 240Z was a serious drivers’ car. To mark the anniversary of that milestone, Nissan is building a BRE 370Z. We told you about the car yesterday, but Nissan didn’t have any pictures of the BRE 240Z so we used one we found on Flickr.
Nissan got back to us today with two vintage pics of the car, so we thought we’d post them. The picture above shows the BRE Z in action in 1971. The picture below show the championship-winning Z at Orange County Raceway in 1971.
Now if we could get Nissan to offer something like the BRE Datsun 510, we’d be all set.
Photos: BRE Collection via Nissan