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This is so nice I just had to share it. Tweeted by Nissan (@Nissan) earlier, this is fantastic publicity shot of its 1967 range. I have seen this image before in publicity material, but rarely in colour, and certainly not as large or as high quality as this. It’s interesting to note how there are a few left-hand drive American spec models in there, namely the Datsun 510, Roadster and 520 pickup. It is clear how the US was regarded as a very important market. The range at this time was quite varied thanks to Nissan having absorbed Prince Motor company the previous year, although some of the fruits of that merger were yet to appear… the C30 laurel and C10 Skyline.

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Advert: Datsun Coupé 1600… the LHD CSP311

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This is an interesting ad for the rare first generation Nissan Silvia, model CSP311. It depicts a left hand drive car of which only one was ever built as far as I’m aware. That single LHD car was a prototype. There were originally plans to market the Silvia Coupé in the United States, hence the re-naming of the car to ‘Datsun Coupé 1600’ and in fact an example was even displayed at the New York motor show in 1965, although that car from what I can establish, was right hand drive and ultimately got shipped back to Japan after the decision was made that the model was unsuitable for the US market. In the end, only a single CSP311 Silvia was ever officially sold in the US and that was to Hawaii Datsun importer and racer, Elroy Goto. That car still exists today but what became of the LHD Silvia? Click though for the only pictures I can find of the left hand drive CSP311…

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