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Nissan Z retrospective: From Datsun Fairlady to present day

Here's a look at Nissan's seminal Z sports car.

CNET Cars staff

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The original 1969 Datsun Fairlady Z.

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This is the 1970 Datsun 240Z.

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This gorgeous little thing is the 1972 Datsun 240Z.

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The Z continued to be offered as a Datsun in the '70s -- this is the 1976 Datsun 240Z.

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The car has always carried the "Fairlady" moniker in Japan.

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Japanese-spec cars also have the classic fender mirrors.

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The Z's wedge shape carried on throughout the '80s.

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This is one of the most recognizable sports cars from the 1980s.

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This is the limited-edition 50th Anniversary Nissan Z.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of Nissan Zs from the past and present.

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