It's a journey through time.
Venture into the heart of Otsugi, Japan, and you'll find not just a car collection but a sweeping narrative of Nissan's evolution. The Nissan Heritage Collection, an awe-inspiring assembly of the brand's finest, traces the trajectory from its Datsun and Prince origins to the contemporary marvels that grace our streets today. It's not merely a collection; it's a meticulously curated historical archive, with each vehicle pristinely preserved, showcasing the brand's rich legacy.
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The collection is a veritable time capsule, beginning with gems like the 1933 Datsun 12 Phaeton, a cornerstone in Nissan's history and Japan's answer to the iconic Ford Model T. The early narrative unfolds with classics such as the Datsun 17 sedan and the sporty Datsun 17 coupe, culminating in the elegant Datsun Sports roadster.
As the journey through time progresses, the spotlight turns to the transformative Prince Skyline and the Skyline Sports Coupe BLRA-3. This pivotal model marked the Skyline's evolution from a standard vehicle to a symbol of speed and style. The collection proudly showcases every Skyline iteration up to the pivotal C10, born from the Datsun-Prince merger.
The narrative wouldn't be complete without the legendary Fairlady, from its inaugural model to the iconic Fairlady Z PS30, and esteemed models like the Cedric, Gloria, and President. The Silvia CSP311, a rarity with only 554 units produced, stands as a testament to Nissan's innovation and craftsmanship.
Fast forward to a formidable lineup of Nissan Z cars and Skylines, and you'll encounter the formidable Nissan Skyline R34, a GT500 class titan in the Super Grand Touring racing series. Its successor, the GT500 Nissan Z33, shares the stage, continuing the legacy of racing excellence.
Among these treasures, the MID4 Version 2 prototype holds a special place, its pioneering technology paving the way for the ATTESA and HICAS systems that became hallmarks of the R-32 GT-R.
The Nissan Heritage Collection is not just an exhibition; it's a narrative of progress, innovation, and enduring legacy. It's where every car tells a story, and every story is a chapter in Nissan's illustrious history.