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Datsun Heritage Museum convenient to visit in Murrieta

The Datsun Heritage Museum (DHM) held their grand opening ribbon-cutting on Friday, Sept. 12. Conveniently located in Murrieta, DHM features some beautiful examples of Datsun’s (now Nissan) earliest car making efforts.

Originally the dream of Fred Jordan, together with his wife Betty, he has worked tirelessly over the past couple of years to put together a location to house not only his collection of memorabilia and cars but those of his many friends and contacts as well.

Jordan was the sales manager at the first Datsun dealership in the US. In 1969 he was approached by a charming Japanese gentleman who was signing up dealerships for his company’s new expansion into America.

Jordan recognized the great sporting nature and value in the Datsun car line and agreed to sell the new import cars. So began a great history of Datsun/Nissan in the United States.

On display are the most beautiful examples of classic to modern Z cars and others in Southern California. Each generation of the Z car is represented, from the original 240Z to the very last 300ZX Twin Turbo sold in the United States.

Among the featured cars is a 1936 Datsun Phaeton that looks as good as the day it rolled off the showroom floor.

Of particular attention is Hanns Ruth’s Chevy V8, twin turbo, 1971 240Z. Packing more than 900 Wheel Horsepower, this car is capable of taking a Sunday cruise or running down the quarter-mile in about nine seconds.

The plan is to rotate and feature between 12 and 15 cars at any given time.

Also on display is much Datsun memorabilia and advertising examples from years past. There are technical manuals, parts catalogs and magazines in a technical library set aside on the museum floor.

Initially the museum is open only on weekends and other times by appointment. There is no admission charge, but donations are graciously accepted.

By pre-arrangement, the museum will also open for car clubs that would like to use them for a meeting or gathering.

The Datsun Heritage Museum is at 41610 Date Street, #103, in Murrieta. They can be reached by phone at (951) 696-1087.

 

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