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Jay Leno Visits Nissan Heritage Garage – Test Drives Nissan 240Z

Jay Leno Visits Nissan Heritage Garage – Test Drives Nissan 240Z

 Jay Leno, the American comedian and car collector visited the Nissan Heritage Garage, located in Zama, Japan, over the summer holidays. During this visit he was able to test drive the Nissan 240Z (Fairlady Z).

Jay Leno was invited to the Nissan Heritage Garage by Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura, who had visited Leno’s Classic Car Garage in California and was returning the favor in Japan.

The Nissan design chief showed Jay Leno some of the approximately 400 cars in the garage that mark the company’s near 80-year history.

“It’s very nice to have him here, because I have been to his garage a couple of years ago,” Nakamura said. “It was a good occasion to show him the heritage of Nissan.”

The huge facility is home to many signature models, and after walking through parked vehicles, the stand-up star – a very-serious car aficionado – on his first visit to Japan said the Zama trip helped to put in perspective Japanese car design over the decades.

 “It was fun to see the stuff from the ’50s and ’60s. To me the most interesting part is from a design point-of-view, to see how the Japanese start with an existing  design – ‘Oh, that kind of looks like an early Ford, that kind of looks like an early Aston or any of those other cars that might have been here,’” Jay Leno said.

“Then, gradually they added their own touches. To me, the most fun cars are the ones from the ’60s, where there’s a lot of chrome and there sort of emulating the American style, which I take as a compliment, and then eventually you find your own style.”

“If you’re a comedian you model yourself on George Carlin or whomever, but as you grow you develop your own style.  Within the last 30 years, to see the Japanese come into their own with really unique designs that don’t look like anything else… To me that’s what makes it – when you put your own identity on an automobile. That’s what makes it very personal.”

Source: Nissan

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