Petersen Museum’s Annual Japan Motor Show Celebrates the Nissan Z


Take a stroll down Wilshire Boulevard from Miracle Mile. in the heart of Los Angeles and you’re likely to be drawn to the unique plunging structure adorned in red and silver that takes up almost an entire block. The Petersen Automotive Museum is one of the largest in the world and has long served as a destination site for car enthusiasts. Each year, the Petersens hold their signature Japanese cruise, aiming to bring car fanatics together to interact and celebrate automotive enthusiasm with one another.

This year’s event focused on Nissan in light of the introduction of the new Z which will be heading to dealerships this summer. The pre-registered affair accommodated a variety of vehicles, with the ground floor reserved for old and new Z, 510, Skyline and Datsun truck displays. Access to the museum, which occupies four floors and features a range of vehicle types, sometimes themed exhibits, and an abundance of information is also available to attendees during the rally.

In addition to eye candy, vendors were also present including Evasive Motorsports, Zociety, Hive Auto Group, and more. With the event presented by Nissan, Omaze, and supported by our friends at the Japanese Classic Car Show, as well as Mission Foods and Road & Trackthere was more than enough to see and experience during the 3 hour party.

Below are just a few of the vehicles that caught our eye, but there were certainly plenty more that deserved a closer look. To keep tabs on upcoming events at the Petersen Automotive Museum, follow them on Instagram.

Petersen’s 3rd floor, which provides access to the museum itself, is where vendors were positioned, along with rows of old and new Nissans.

While the focus was on the Z and the associated Nissan chassis, the upper level of the Petersen parking structure featured additional makes and models, including this RHD FD.

Massed fenders, blacked-out bumpers and mirrors, integrated rear spoiler and air scoop – all custom touches that slightly modernize this classic Z without straying too far from the car’s original charisma.

Honda also used the “Z” designation in the 1970s with its Z360 and 600 models. The US version, available from 1970 to 1973, was powered by a 598 cc engine to pull its curb weight of 1,312 lbs.

A pair of new Nissan Zs were on display, and this one had its hood open for visitors to get a closer look at its twin-turbo heart.

In stark contrast, this carbureted Z car shows just how much things have changed over the years.

LA delivered sunny skies as expected, and classic T-tops were removed to take advantage of it.

Why not park in the back like the rest of the show? If so, visitors might have missed the very unique and fully customized “Phantom Z Sport Wagon” conversion.

You can see the full gallery below, courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

To keep tabs on the group’s upcoming special events, follow the Museum on Instagram.


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