The Nismo Ultima Leopard is extremely rare. Yes, there was actually a Nismo tuned Leopard!!! I’ve seen those brochure pictures long ago, but since I have not seen one, I figure it was either a photoshop or concept that never made it to production just like the Ultima X.
After reading the Mikara blog (http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/232669/blog/31066110/) there seems to be only 30 Nismo Leopards… 30!!!
I asked Noguchi-san about this and he said there was a Nismo version, but it is so rare, he has not seen one. On the blog, it was mentioned even the Nismo brochure was very rare!
A few other Nismo items. Strut tower bar!
For a long time, I wondered if this was real. 30 Nismo leopards in the mid/late 1980s.. and there hasn’t been a sighting of any of them until…..
March 21, 1999 in Nagasaki, Kyushu Leopard Owners Club (KLF) meeting.
Here is some logical reasoning. If you are a proud Leopard owner, as I have seen many Japanese owners are (the leopard is highly prized), they take care of them. If someone has a Nismo version.. I am wondering if it is stored away somewhere (as I found that many leopard owners put their cars into a hibernation mode).
Then again, it has been released in the mid 1980s, a picture of one in 1999… I didn’t see on at the Nissan Leopard meeting in 2016… Are they even still around?
And with the limited numbers, would anyone “scrap or abandon” a super rare version, when they can easily sell it or part it out?
Updated 2017 – During my time in Japan, I asked Tamai-san about Nismo Leopard. He is historian! He tells me that there are 30 units, but he has never seen one (that is a big deal!) and he has piece of a Nismo Leopard as part of F31 collection!
Sugi-san posted a picture of his Leopard a few couple months ago, I was looking at it and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!
He has a Nismo Leopard Spoiler!!! He said he found in a Junkyard a 14 years ago!
- Shift C33 – http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/232669/blog/31066110/
- L – Selection – Zenki Leopard picture
- Satoshi N. – supplying me with information.
- Kazunori F. – supplying Nismo Leopard ad.
- Tamai-san – Verified information.
- Nori S- Nismo Leopard spoiler