VIDEO: A tour of Nissan’s Zama warehouse

Nissan’s Zama warehouse is a 400-plus collection of historic, racing and concept cars, a living catalog of the company’s long history. It used to be closed to the public, and only those with a special invitation could see the cars. Some say it was because Nissan insiders wanted to keep a low profile, fearing that Carlos Ghosn, the president nicknamed “Le Cost Killer” would see the collection as a waste of money during Nissan’s recovery from near-bankruptcy and sell off all the cars.

Thankfully, that never happened. It would have been impossible to reassemble the collection again. Back in the early 2000s, it was a dingy, cold warehouse cars under large plastic tarps. Today, Nissan has revamped the facility so that it looks at least somewhat hospitable, well-lit, and clean. It’s now open to the public too, and if you’re lucky, you might even go on a day where they are taking a few cars out for test runs. In the video above, an S130  Fairlady Z and C210 Skyline are among the cars being fired up. It’s a must-see for Nissan nerds.

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4 Responses to VIDEO: A tour of Nissan’s Zama warehouse

  1. Nigel said:

    Skyline Japan, R30 I can go on !! (Zama is another one that needs to go on the list).

  2. Mike RL411 said:

    5 years ago you had to call a number in Yokohama and book an appointment for entry. Is this still the case or is this a drive up to the gate and wait situation ?

    • Phil said:

      Hi Mike, i was there last year. Now in order to go you have to previously book your visit online, because there is a max number of people allowed per day to enter to the museum.

  3. Kris said:

    I visited last year with a large group in which we booked in advance. Loved the visit. Not only is it “somewhat hospitable”, its very hospitable, very nice and very clean. Also, the Nissan collection is simply amazing and unreal! The tour guides were former Nissan Engineers who seemed like they could just ramble on about these great old cars for days. I had a blast!

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