For the first time since the Japanese Classic Car Show’s inception, Nissan is finally an official sponsor. This Saturday will mark the 11th annual JCCS, and in the decade we at JNC have been setting up our little red canopy, we’ve heard one consistent complaint: “Toyota, Mazda and Honda are sponsors, where’s Nissan?” Well, they’re here now, and even bringing some cars from the Zama warehouse in Japan. Here’s a preview of what they’re showing.
This pair, a 1967 Datsun 411 and 1972 Datsun 510 should look familiar. We crashed the celebration of supercar excess known as Monterey Historic Car Week in them recently.
They will be joined by a distant descendant, a 1975 610 Bluebird-U, shipped over straight from the Zama warehouse in Japan!
The idea is to show a succession of sport sedan lineage leading up to the 2016 Nissan Maxima.
This 1960 Datsun VG223 Van was available for only one year. According to Nissan’s records, only 269 were imported that year, and most of them were pickups. This van is owned by Nissan’s advertising agency, TBWA\CHIAT\DAY and was owned by the founder. It sits in their lobby at their Los Angeles offices today.
Of course, the 223 is being used to show Nissan’s truck heritage, so they’ll also have a 2016 Nissan Titan XD with the Cummins turbodiesel and a 12,000-pound towing capacity. It doesn’t debut till later this year, so this will be your first peek at what could be your next tow vehicle.
And finally, Nissan is shipping, all the way across the Pacific, one of its legendary R390 GT1 Le Mans racers from 1997. Here’s your chance to live out your Gran Turismo garage fantasies.
The 2015 JCCS begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 19. More details can be found here. Also, be sure to stop by the JNC booth. We’ll have a very limited illustration by the great Jun Imai and an autograph session as well!