Inside Nissan’s Heritage Car Collection
Heritage and DNA are words inevitably paraded at every car launch, but what does it really mean? A look at a carmaker’s history through words and pictures tells some of the story, but a chance to actually see its historic cars sets the record straight.
A two-hour drive from central Tokyo, Nissan’s Zama Operations Center in Kanagawa prefecture (its capital is Yokohama) is a massive complex of industrial buildings. Established in the 1960s, Zama was once Nissan’s most advanced assembly facility. Now it serves as an engineering center and a storehouse of some of its greatest treasures.
With an exterior as nondescript as Aladdin’s cave, the Nissan Heritage Car Collection building contains some of the greatest and most iconic cars ever built. Once inside, an eye-watering and jaw-dropping collection of the brand’s most important vehicles awaits the visitor. Though we had barely a couple of hours to stand among giants like the Fairlady Z Monte Carlo rally car and the R390 Le Mans racer, we could have spent days just walking among the gleaming steel and carbon fiber. Each car was in pristine condition and reportedly ready to run with the push of a starter button.
In Nissan’s case, the heritage collection not only told of the carmaker’s history, it offered a look into its very soul.
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