Photo/IllutrationMore than 450 classic cars are on show at the Heritage Collection of Nissan Motor Co. in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture. This image was taken Aug. 8. (Satoshi Kimura)

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ZAMA, Kanagawa Prefecture--Don't be fooled by the nondescript warehouse here: It houses a fabulous collection of cars that showcases the history of Nissan Motor Co. from the 1930s to the almost the present day.

The Heritage Collection features more than 450 classic vehicles, such as the Skyline series that took the world by storm in the 1980s, as well as Datsun models dating to the 1930s.

The renowned car manufacturer founded in 1933 made its initial mark with the Datsun brand.

The oldest cars on show include a Datsun 12 Phaeton and Datsun 14 Roadster, Nissan's first mass-produced models.

The Heritage Collection that opened to the public in 2013 draws around 15,000 visitors a year.

Other notable exhibits include first-generation models of the Bluebird, Skyline and Sunny series that define Japan's period of high economic growth.

Also on display are R85V and R86V models that made their debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours in France in 1986, along with Cima and Silvia models that won big market shares during Japan’s asset-inflated economy from the late 1980s to early 1990s.

The Silvia proved particularly popular among youngsters trying to impress their dates.

The fourth generation Skyline produced in the 1970s quickly earned the nickname Ken Mary due to a popular TV commercial featuring the car and a foreign couple whose character names were Ken and Mary.

Nissan's production of that particular Skyline hit 660,000, a record for the various incarnations of Skykline that followed.

“We hope visitors will enjoy soaking up 80 years of Nissan’s history and the transition of design changes for each model,” said Ryuji Nakayama, who is in charge of Nissan's global marketing and brand engagement.

Those interested in the exhibition, check the website of Nissan Heritage Collection (only in Japanese) (https://nissan-heritage-collection.com/TOUR/). Visitors are required to make a reservation through the website prior to touring the facility.