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By 1949, Datsun resumed production of the cute slightly altered pre-war sedan as Standard model, accompanied by a newly designed Deluxe, inspired by the rather ugly slab-sided American Crosley.Ryowa converted this (DB) 2-door Deluxe into a pickup, while Takenouchi created a (2-door) double cab pickup at a time when the Datsun pickups still were based on pre-war designs.The Jeep-inspired Thrift (Nissan also built the Patrol, identical to the Willys Jeep) succeeded on this Standard model by 1951, and the next year 4-door versions were introduced on a lengthened platform, with a 2-door Thrift on this wheelbase added.The short-lived 4-door Wagonette actually only had a lower trunk opening under the fixed back window, while the 2-door Delivery (panel or window) Van was available with a rear seat row.It had a manual co-driverís window wiper.The only competitor in this period was the Ohta.Nissan also built the larger Austin A40 Somerset.

The 1955 Datsun 110 (860cc) and 1957/58 210 (1000cc) (ĎJapanís most popular carí) still had a beam front axle with leaf springs, to be replaced by an independent wishbone front suspension with torsion springs only in the last series 2-door wagon/pickup 223 derivatives (1960/61), which would be replaced by the Bluebird 310 based 320 utilities the next year.By 1959 arrived a pick-up with an extended (approximately 6 cm) cab on the longer wheelbase, that would be offered in the export only.Passenger car competitors now were the Toyopet Corona and Hino Renault PA (Renault 4CV), but none in the commercial field for this size.Nissan now also built the Austin A50 Cambridge.

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Far East Auto Literature

10 August, 2018