• Nov 10, 2007
click above image for a photo tour of Nissan's Zama storage facility

One lucky Nissan 300ZX twin turbo fan was recently able to tour the manufacturer's famed Zama Operations Center in Kanagawa, Japan. The location is the home to Nissan's storage facility of historical automobiles and it is also the headquarters for specialty Nissan builder Autech. Amazingly, the visitor was able to escape alive with pictures. Being such a nice guy, he posted them up on TwinTurbo.net for our viewing pleasure, over a 150 photos in all. It would take a lifetime to recount the significance of all the vehicles captured on film (er pixels). However, we have chosen a few interesting finds that should be noted. Follow the jump for Nissan Heaven.

[Source: rojoloco aka Travis via TwinTurbo.net]



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The only Nissan NP35 in existence. It was developed by NISMO as a modification of the P35 cars that were built by engineering firm Electramotive for the World Sportscar Championship.


The Nissan R390 built for the Le Mans GT1 class. Its best finish was in 1998 with a 3rd place finish behind Porsche.




The only road going R390 GT1 ever built. Who wants to touch it?


A variety of GTP cars built for the IMSA GT Championship by Lola and Electramotive.




The Nissan Mid4 prototype, it was used as a test mule for the VG engine (best known as Z32 powerplant) and Nissan's ATTESA all-wheel drive system.



The facility houses a plethora of former East African Safari rally cars.



A few Super Taikyu endurance race cars show up in the photos.



The white R32 Skyline GT-R raced in the 1994 24 Hours of Daytona.




An S14 240SX chassis, complete with KA24DE engine, modified as an experiment in what direction to head with the next Z car.


A Nissan Frontier truck built for the Dakar Rally.



One of only 250 R34 GT-R M-Spec Nurs in existence.




The storage unit is not without numerous JGTC and Super GT racecars.


One of a handful of four door R33 Skyline GT-Rs built by Autech.



Z33 Fairlady Z (350Z in U.S.) chassis number 1. It is surprising that it wasn't crushed.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      one of the best posts ever, thanks for sharing this autoblog! But more importantly thanks Rojoloco @ twinturbo
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was wondering what Nissan did with the real estate that was left after closing the Sunny (Sentra) plant in Zama. Back in the early '90s I would pass that plant as I drove from the US Army Base at Camp Zama to Segami Depot or Yakota AFB.

      So is this place regularly open to the public? If so, I've gotta make sure I see it when I go see the InLaws next spring...
        • 7 Years Ago
        From what I can tell it was a contacting a friend of a friend kind of thing to get in, it's not open to the public. Only way to normally see the cars from in there is during NISMO Festival.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank you for posting and sharing pictures-images of perhaps,one of the most rarest Nissan vehicle collections in the world...from vintage classics to special prep-track racers.

      Just looking at the pictures can stir the imagination and induce a power wave of emotion-(passion for the arts-carfever).

      The Zama Operations Center in Kanagawa, Japan looks amazing. Nissan's storage facility of historical automobiles looks well maintain. The two-tone concrete floor really let's the rare vehicles shine...oh, yeah the old fashioned green stopping blocks-anti theft system is a nice touch too....just kiddin, smiling!

      Thank You for posting these rare images. I greatly appreciate it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Drool over the R390 GT1!!!

      I'd take this beauty over a 911 GT1 in a heartbeat.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not a huge Nissan fan, but this gallery is outstanding. As a librarian, I really appreciate seeing the scope of an "archive" like this. Kudos to Nissan for letting people view all of this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      - Love the 300zx lights on the R390's!
      - Notice where Honda ripped off the Mid4's design for the NSX
      - Wish they restored the rally Z's a little bit... :(
      - And what was the significance of saying it was surprising the 350z wasn't crushed?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Typically the early chassis numbers go towards testing and media vehicles. They get used for crash tests, road tests, etc. They usually get crushed once their use has ended since they can't be sold, street registered or insured.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone have any info on this car?

      http://www.autoblog.com/photos/nissans-zama-storage-facility/481765/

      I loved driving that car in GT2
      • 7 Years Ago
      ooh - very cool, some nice machines there! :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's all the pictures on one page, for your scrolling pleasure.

      http://www.twinturbo.net/net/viewmsg.aspx?forum=general&msg_id=2079707
      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW ... what a day that must have been.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone knows why the tachometer on the road going R390 goes up to 11,000 rpm? Wasn't this R390 supposed to be have a turbo engine that revved up to 7,000 rpm?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The autech 4dr is my favorite.
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