On a dewy Saturday morning, the annual Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) celebrated its 15th anniversary with an amazing collection of vintage vehicles lining an ocean-side park in downtown Long Beach, California.
And while all of the major car manufacturers were represented, year after year, Datsun and Nissan vehicles easily make up nearly half of the pristine examples on display. Naturally, JCCS is the perfect stage for the brand to showcase today’s future collectibles to a new generation of car enthusiasts.
This year’s highlights included two 50th Anniversary Edition vehicles from the 2020 model line-up, as well as some of Nissan’s current flagship offerings.
2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition
Celebrating a half century of innovation and engineering achievements, the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition — based on the GT-R Premium trim — can be had in three heritage-inspired two-tone colorways that pay homage to the car’s racing liveries from the Japan GP. After all, the GT-R was created with the sole purpose of dominating the competition in this particular grand prix series.
JCCS attendees were treated to a Bayside Blue GT-R with white racing stripes — a fan-favorite color that has been retired since the previous generation “R34” model. The Southern California sunrise really brought out the vividness of the paint, while blue accents on the wheel spokes enhanced the overall visual experience. Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes complete the 50th Anniversary color combinations.
Performance comes from a handcrafted 565-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine that features improved response as well as increased efficiency thanks to new turbos. A 6-speed dual-clutch transmission and Nissan’s legendary ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system round out the most refined powertrain and chassis the GT-R has ever offered.
The 2020 Nissan GT-R is available in Premium, Track Edition and NISMO models, with the 50th Anniversary Edition adding a bevy of unique details to both the exterior and interior of this legendary car.
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition
Also boasting five decades of sports car ingenuity, Nissan’s storied Z car gets its own heritage package for the upcoming model year. The 2020 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition comes with your choice of two exterior two-tone color combos: white/red or silver/black with door stripes, both of which honor the Datsun 240Z race cars campaigned by Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
This coupe is available with either a 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission that’s mated to a 332-horsepower V6 engine. The 370Z’s traditional 2-seat layout and timeless sports car proportions not only look great, but also offer a near 50/50 weight distribution along with enhanced aerodynamic performance.
All of these elements come together to deliver one of the purest and most rewarding driving experiences in its class. You can take a closer look at the 2020 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition in our full hands-on review.
2019 Nissan LEAF SL PLUS
Nissan’s second-generation all-electric LEAF now comes in a PLUS model that provides up to 226 miles on a single charge. This extended range is thanks to a new 62 kWh battery along with a more powerful 160 kW motor which, together, provide effectively 214 horsepower.
The 2019 LEAF really is a showcase of Nissan’s best technologies, from the advanced safety capabilities of ProPILOT Assist to the innovation of e-Pedal to Level 3 quick charging. If you love connectivity and convenience, the LEAF acts as an extension of your smartphone with available Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, in addition to a suite of NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM.
Find out why LEAF is the “world’s best-selling electric vehicle family” by reading our test drive review.
Explore additional highlights from the 15th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show in the gallery below, and then visit your local AutoNation Nissan dealership to secure your highly collectible 50th Anniversary GT-R or 370Z.