The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO will make its U.S. debut at the 2016 Japanese Classic Car Show.
The 12th annual event will take place in Long Beach, California, on Saturday, September 24 and Nissan has also teamed up with Matchbox to show off a brand new scale model toy. The company’s booth will be buzzing throughout the event with special giveaways, including some of the new Matchbox 1:64-scale models. See a preview of Nissan’s lineup below.
“Nissan is looking forward to returning to the Japanese Classic Car Show as both a participant and an event partner,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s an ideal venue to show off our latest supercar – the 2017 GT-R NISMO – as well as some current and vintage racing and street machines.”
1961 Datsun Fairlady Sport
A rare Datsun Fairlady Sport will be in attendance this year, as one of only 217 ever built. Mechanically based on the Datsun 223 truck, the SPL213 Fairlady was the first car in the series, which was named after the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. The musical not only took America by storm in the late 1950s, but was beloved by Nissan Motors chairman Mr. Katsuji Kawamata.
1969 Datsun Patrol
The Datsun Patrol was the Japanese automaker’s answer to the Jeep, and was sold in the U.S. for a short period of time. The second-generation model featured a rugged leaf-spring suspension on a ladder-style frame with a robust 4×4 system. In other regions, the Datsun Patrol was used as safari conquerors, along with providing the base vehicle for fire engines, vans and ambulances.
1971 Nissan Skyline “Hakosuka” GT-R Tribute Vehicle
Privately owned, a modified version of the legendary “Hakosuka” Skyline will be on display at the event. Introduced in 1969, this generation of GT-R featured a six-cylinder S20 powerplant. The model went on to score 52 race victories in Japanese touring car competition in the 1960s and 1970s.
1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-X Matchbox 1:64-Scale Diecast
Matchbox, the maker of die-cast vehicles for over 60 years, will be showing a model that represents a new direction for the iconic brand: classic Japanese cars. This particular model is a 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-X coupe and fans will be able to check out 15 completely customized versions created by some of the world’s most talented die-cast artisans at the event. They will also have the chance to win one of the new toys before they are available in stores.
1971 Datsun 510 BRE #46
Taking the 1971 and 1972 SCCA Trans Am Under 2.5 Liter Championship, this 1971 Datsun 510 BRE number-46 race car was built by Peter Brock and Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE). With driver John Morton behind the wheel, the Datsun helped cement the 510 as a car to watch after besting many established European rivals. The actual race car that claimed the championships will be at Long Beach, sporting the original racing livery.
2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 Race Car
To contrast the Datsun 510 will be Nissan’s GT-R NISMO GT3 race car that is campaigned in the Pirelli World Challenge series and fielded by Always Evolving/AIM Autosport. The team fields two vehicles, the number-05 Nissan NISMO and number-33 AER NOW machines. Last month, former Nissan GT Academy winner Bryan Heitkotter, in the number-05 car, won back-to-back races at the Utah Motorsports Campus.
2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO
The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO will make its U.S. debut in Long Beach, sporting a new front end design with hand-laid carbon fiber body components derived from motorsport. Along with revised suspension and increased chassis stiffness, the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO brings a hand-crafted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 to the table with 600 horsepower.
2017 Nissan Armada
And for something a bit more pedestrian, the 2017 Nissan Armada will join the lineup as the Japanese Classic Car Show. As the largest and most powerful vehicle in Nissan’s portfolio, the all-new 2017 Armada features a design that traces back to one of the company’s most beloved global vehicles, the Patrol.
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