Nissan Zama Heritage Collection in photos

See some of the most important racing and production vehicles from Nissan's history

Nissan Zama Heritage Collection
  • Nissan Zama Heritage Collection
  • This collection sits in a former Nissan factory, and is vast enough to host a large number of vehicles from throughout its history.

  • Image Credit: John Beltz Snyder
  • Nissan Zama Heritage Collection
  • Nissan Zama Heritage Collection
  • Nissan Zama Heritage Collection
  • Humble signage
  • Datsun 1000 Sedan, "Fuji"
  • Prince Skyline GT
  • Prince R380A-I and R380A-II
  • Nissan R381
  • Nissan R381 "Aero Stabilizer"
  • Nissan 240RS, Fairlady Z 300ZX and and Silvia 200SX rally cars
  • Nissan GTP ZX Turbo
  • Nissan Bluebird Super Silhouette
  • Nissan Le Mans racers
  • Nissan Prairie Joy EV
  • Nissan R'nessa EV and Micromini
  • Leading to the Leaf
  • A trio of Nissan Fairlady Z cars
  • Nissan's first pickups
  • 1933 Datsun 12 Phaeton
  • Rushing rabbit hood ornament on the Datsun 14
  • 1947 Tama electric vehicle
  • 1950 Datsun fire engine
  • Austin A40 and A50 Saloons
  • A pair of 1958 Datsun 1000 Sedans
  • 1962 Datsun Bluebird 1200 Deluxe "Flower Car"
  • 1964 Datsun Baby
  • 1954 Prince Sedan
  • 1957 Prince Skyline Deluxe
  • 1963 Prince Skyline Sport Coupe
  • 1965 Prince Skyline 2000GT
  • 1969 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R
  • 1969 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R engine
  • 1967 Datsun Bluebird 1300
  • 1967 Datsun Fairlady SPL213
  • 1968 Datsun 2000 Sports
  • 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z432
  • 1961 Nissan Junior fire engine
  • 1972 Nissan Patrol
  • 1968 Datsun Sunny 1000 Sports Deluxe
  • A pair of 1966 Nissan Silvias
  • 1972 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG highway patrol car
  • A trio of Z cars
  • A pair of Nissan Patrols
  • 1993 Nissan Silvia H/B Turbo R-L
  • A closer look at the 1993 Nissan Silvia H/B Turbo R-L
  • The 1993 Nissan Silvia H/B Turbo R-L and its excellent upholstery
  • 1987 Nissan Be-1
  • 1989 Nissan Pao
  • 1989 Nissan S-Cargo
  • 1991 Nissan Figaro
  • 1984 Nissan Prairie JW-G
  • 1990 Nissan Terrano
  • 1987 Nissan Mid4-II
  • 1987 Nissan Mid4-II badge
  • 1997 Nissan Stagea Autech Version 260RS
  • 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R
  • 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II
  • 1991 Infiniti Q45
  • 1991 Infiniti Q45 badge
  • 1990 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R

ZAMA, Japan — While in Japan for the 2023 Japan Mobility Show, we had the opportunity to visit a special collection of historic vehicles. Within its walls are many important pieces of Nissan's story, including gorgeous automotive artifacts from the Datsun and Prince brands. Specimens span from Datsun's first production model, to Nissan's first race car, as well as many Skylines, Silvias, Z cars, Pike Cars and GT-Rs from Nissan's long history. Nissan's Zama Heritage Collection resides in a former factory. Located in the Kanagawa prefecture about an hour from Tokyo, this site used to produce engines, but now serves as a site for storage and restoration of some of Japan's most interesting historic vehicles. And most are drivable.

The Zama Heritage Collection is open to the public, but normally, if you want a tour, you have to apply online. If it's a potential stop on your next trip to Japan — and it should be — let us whet your appetite with a sampling of some of the incredible historic vehicles you'll get to see. Click through the gallery above for an abbreviated tour of the Nissan, Datsun and Prince production and racing vehicles housed at the Zama Heritage Collection.

And if you're still hungry for more Japanese car history, check out our video tour of the Honda Collection Hall at Twin Ring Motegi, below:

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