Before they were Nissan and Datsun
The first car Nissan ever made was called the DAT. It was comprised of the first letter of the names of the 3 investors in the company. The car was released in 1914 and had all of the style of cars of that era. The DAT was a small 2-cylinder, 10 horsepower car. It had no roof and a simple glass windshield. The intent was to create a car suitable for Japan. They were successful, and the DAT eventually grew to become one of Nissans more famous brands. The Datsun.
1932 brought with it the official birth of Datsun and development of the first 495cc compact passenger vehicle commenced. Since then the company has only procedure to grow in its successes and create fun automobiles along the way.
A few Examples
- 1932–1941 Datsun Roadster
- 1933 Datsun Type 12
- 1934–1935 Datsun Type 13
- 1934–1935 Datsun 13T Pickup
- 1935–1936 Datsun Type 14
- 1935–1936 Datsun 14T Pickup
Nissan started producing cars in 1937 based on the Graham Paige Crusader, the most recent car produced by the company was in 2011, the NISSAN NV
A few more examples
- 2009–present Nissan NV200
- 2009–present Nissan Pixo(rebadged Suzuki Alto)
- 2009–present Nissan Roox(rebadged Suzuki Palette)
- 2010–present Nissan Juke
- 2010–present Nissan NV400(rebadged Renault Master)
- 2011–present Nissan NV
Datsun Roadster 1932
The Roadster was one of the earliest produced passenger cars in Japan. It was a light weight street car, and the first automobile to bear the Datsun name. Soon enough the Roadster would be replaced by the Road Star, available in coupe model and hardtop it used a 14 horsepower engine. Production was ceased in 1941 due to WW II.
Datsun Roadster 1961
The Roadster made a comeback in the 1960s with a sleek new look. The 3 seater convertible had 2 front buckets and a transverse back seat. In 1964 power was increased and the car became faster, it received an interior redesign which took out the backseat giving the car a more sporty layout.
Nissan Prince Royal
The 60’s also brought us the Nissan Prince Royal, this was a car specifically designed for the Emperor of Japan on the request of the Imperial Household Agency. The car was presented as as gift to Crown Prince Akihito as a wedding gift. It was also the second Japanese post war built car to contain a V8 engine.
The Prince Royal is a 4 door limousine model with an FR layout. Related to the Nissan Prince Gloria A30 is has a 6.4 liter W 64 V8 engine. The transmission is a 3 speed Turbo-Hydramatic TH400. This 7,054 lbs care has a wheelbase of 149 inches, length is 242 inches, width is 82.6 inches and the height is 46 inches. When the Emperor is riding inside the displayed on the car is the Imperial Seal of Japan, so there can never be any doubt of the greatness of this vehicle.