JCCS Preview: Nissan DNA Garage cars loaded up

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This morning, a truck in Nashville picked up a couple of old cars to transport to California, including what is arguably the most valuable car in Nissan USA’s DNA Garage. 

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The John Morton BRE Datsun 510 that won the 1971-72 Trans-Am 2.5 class is an icon, and a priceless piece of motorsport history. And it’s now in the back of a trailer, having been loaded up this morning, heading out of Tennessee and to Long Beach where it will arrive just in time for JCCS this Saturday.

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The second car is a rare SPL213 Fairlady roadster, predecessor to the Datsun Sports 1500, 1600 and 2000 roadsters that will be heavily featured at our own JNC booth. This was a US-only model, and only 217 were built, making it quite rare as well.

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When transporting, there’s always risk, so let’s hope both cars arrive safely. One thing we learned from last year, when Nissan shipped a couple of DNA Garage cars from Japan’s Zama warehouse across the Pacific with only a day to spare, those guys like to cut it close.

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25 Responses to JCCS Preview: Nissan DNA Garage cars loaded up

  1. Mercilessmings said:

    Must be pretty desperate to try and keep up with the HONDA display this year……😎
    #serialone #mercilessmings

  2. Mercilessmings said:

    #jccs

  3. MikeRL411 said:

    Last year’s shipment was an extreme example of “Just in Time” parts delivery!

  4. Mark Newton-John said:

    Better have a couple cars parked front and back of the transporter, people will take them regardless what’s in them.

  5. Bill said:

    They pale in comparison to the first Honda N600 built. There can only be a single number one car. That Honda chose to place it in the good old USA is significant in automotive history and a testament to Honda’s commitment to taking a foothold in a yet to be established economic auto industry.

  6. goodshow_aa said:

    I dont know how they will ever be able to top themselves from last year. Seeing a R390 GT1 in person was probably as good as it could get.

    • Artsy407 said:

      We got that one from Zama Heritage Collection. Very appreciative for the loan! Hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to bring more over.

  7. Yuri said:

    Speaking of “just in time” my car isn’t even finished being built yet.
    I still have to do the interior and brakes. *panic mode activates

  8. Kiran said:

    Damn it I wish I was in the us I really want to display my collection especially the supra turbo A I just finished restoring and my old cordia as it was one of the three first ever Mitsubishis that was not branded as a Chrysler alongside the cordia was the tredia and starion

  9. Alvin said:

    Oh wait, what about the Nissan ID-X concept? Oh, too soon…

  10. Cesariojpn said:

    One of those roadsters was destroyed on an episode of Hoarders.

  11. Pete240z said:

    Who is getting these pictures? Unbelievable!

  12. pete240z said:

    back in the early 2000’s Nissan showed this car at Road America – I don’t think it was being called the most valuable car…….but I agree it is!!

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