In part one, back in March, I covered the pillarless hardtops built by Nissan up until 1975, so here in part two, I’ll take a look at the other hardtop models produced from then, until around 1983 when the company ditched the Datsun brand name. There was a distinct change in the appearance of Nissan’s …

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Finally, I have managed to score a copy of a book which I have been trying to find for some time. “Pictorial History of Pre-war Datsun” is another excellent publication from Car Graphic and despite having almost entirely Japanese text, is well worth hunting down if you have an interest in very early Datsuns. The …

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If you reside outside of Portugal, the chances are you will never have seen a Datsun Sado in the flesh. Indeed, the majority of Datsun enthusiasts have most likely never even heard of this curious little truck, which is hardly surprising due to its limited marketing and relatively low production. Portugal wasn’t the only country …

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The pillarless hardtop is one of the most popular body styles amongst fans of old Japanese cars, and for good reason. Most combine stylish lines inspired by 60s and 70s Detroit muscle with finely engineered and sometimes quite sophisticated running gear. Many are of interesting simply because they were never marketed outside of Japan, and …

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Back in January this year, the last Nissan 1400 Bakkie rolled off the production line at Rosslyn, South Africa, so ending one of the longest production runs for any Nissan. The little pickup, based on the B110 model Datsun Sunny (Datsun 1200), was originally launched way back in 1971 as the model B120 and later …

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Over the years, Nissan has had several manufacturing agreements with other car companies, but one of the most important to the company’s development was its deal with Austin of England in the 1950s. All Japanese motor manufacturers were looking towards British cars at that time, as the designs were better suited to Japan’s narrow roads …

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Nissan’s earliest manufacturing base was little more than a wooden shack with only a handful of cars made each year but their growth was phenomenal and by the mid 80’s Nissan had huge manufacturing bases all around the world with production in the millions. Below you can take a look at some of the various …

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Many Nissan enthusiasts regard it as a tragic loss that the Mid-4 concept of the late 1980’s never reached production, despite extensive development and some very favourable reviews in the media. However, the Mid-4 wasn’t Nissan’s only still born mid engined sports car. A decade earlier, in 1975, the Nissan AD-1 had gone on public …

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Brock Racing Enterprises or BRE as they are more commonly know to Datsun fans have now commandeered their own little corner of the internet with the launch of their own website. Peter and Gayle Brock felt it was time to get their fantastic archive of photo’s and history, online for enthusiasts to enjoy for the …

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