NISSAN before datsun


The 1960 Nissan Cedric was the first Nissan passenger car, sold under this brand.  The Nissan President arrived in October 1965 together with the Cedric 130 series, for which this internal Nissan design was originally meant until the managers chose to hire in Pininfarina.  Soon, this Cedric became a Datsun in the export, but not so for the President which was exported in limited numbers with the V8 engine until the early 1970s, when the Nissan marque was abandoned in the export for passenger cars.  Obviously, this car was too superior to be called a Datsun.  In the 1980s, exports were resumed, after the Datsun brand was phased out.

Late 1960s Nissan Gloria and Skyline (C10) were other early Nissan cars (developed by Prince), with the first one to be succeeded by the above mentioned Cedric, and the second one by the 4th generation Skyline (C110), to be exported as Datsun 160K/180K/240K.


Japanese Cars 1962-1977