This (not so) secret installation is a Nissan fan’s dream come true


Are you a big fan of the Nissan and Datsun models of yesterday and today? Do you have about an hour to spare on Youtube? If you said yes to both, then you are in for a treat. It’s because Hoonigan autofocus recently visited a Nissan USA “secret” museum. From the humble beginnings of the company under the Datsun name to the fire-breathing IMSA runners, this facility has it all.

Hoonigan autofocus’ Tyler Kapper and Larry Chen show us what Nissan has stored in their special facility. Not only that, we can also see Z cars, classics and even Steve Millen’s press cars from the not-so-distant past. Nissan even kept fruit cars banned for the United States in this special place, as well as concept cars, racing cars and even the pioneer models of the Infiniti brand.

But the video isn’t just a showcase of the Nissan and Datsuns of the past two decades. There’s a really good reason the video is so long. Chen takes one of the stored cars for a test drive and, of course, he takes some shots of some classic Nissan. This opportunity alone would make any fan of the brand jealous. Then again, being the official press photographer for the all-new Z has its perks.

Besides the classics, the video tour (and test drive) also features several interesting stories for certain cars. We won’t be mentioning all of this as it is the meat of the video, but we will be sharing one of the many mentioned here.

If you remember the 1999 Z Concept, Nissan kept it in their vehicle archives. One of the facility’s curators, Jonathan Buhler, has a pretty funny story about this car. Believe it or not, this is a racing car, but its fundamentals are interesting. It might not look like it, but the Z Concept is actually an S14 240SX (or Silvia) under the metallic orange skin. It’s even powered by the same 2.4-liter KA24 engine that is tied to that of the first-generation Frontier and Xterra. It’s stories like this (and more) that make the video worth watching from start to finish.

So where is this storage / museum facility, you ask? It is located at Nissan USA headquarters in Tennessee. As for access, you’ll need to ask Nissan USA if you can see their precious collection in person.

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