Apart from Datsun-derived models, Nissan Motor Co. called their commercial vehicles Nissan in and outside of Japan, also when in the later 1960s and early 1970s Nissan passenger cars became ‘Datsun’ in the export, but mostly in developed markets all light commercial vehicles became Datsuns as well.  This applies to the Junior-derived Caball with integral (cabover) body, the E20 (later called Urvan as a Datsun), the (ex-Prince) Homer and the off-road vehicle Patrol. 

The Nissan Junior (and third generation 140 series ‘Nissan Miler’ sibling) seemingly never received the Datsun marque, though in South Africa the second generation 40 series has been advertised as ‘Datsun 1900 (Nissan Junior)’ in the mid-1960s.  The Nissan (Prince) Miler and Clipper apparently never were sold as Datsuns. 

The third generation 1970/71 140 series Junior stood on the platform of the 1965/66 Prince (later Nissan) Miler, and was sold as Nissan Miler in some Latin American markets.  In Japan, it succeeded on the Miler at the Prince dealer outlets as Nissan Junior, and was also sold at the Nissan Motor outlets as usual.  By April 1978, the Junior was marketed there as Mr. Junior and had black wheels, losing its hubcaps.  In autumn 1979, due to new exhaust regulations, the internal designation in Japan became J-141 until its deletion there in 1982.  For the export it was built in Japan until the 1990s.

This pickup had a fairly high payload of up to 2 ton, upgraded in Iran to 2.8 ton, where it was CKD-assembled from 1974 until 2000, and apparently still in production now, but at the end of its career.


selected specifications


Far East Auto Literature

6 December, 2018