all about ?
earlydatsun.com is a website dedicated to pre-1968 Datsun and Nissan
passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It is both a model identification
guide and a celebration of of these unique and special vehicles.
What's in the website
Every Nissan and Datsun car and commercial vehicle built between
1930 and 1968 is represented here.
What's not here ?
This website solely concentrates on the products of the Nissan
Motor Company, vehicles built by Nissan subsidiaries such as the larger
trucks built by Nissan Minsei, Nissan Diesel and UD are not included in
earlydatsun.com . Apart from a brief section still left from the old version
of earlydatsun.com , which is still accessable at the bottom of the main
page, there is nothing on the website about pre-1930 DAT and Lila cars,
which were the direct ancestors of Nissan and Datsun. At this stage our
research in incomplete, and we will not be presenting anything from that
era until the quality of our research matches the rest of the project.
With the exception of a few 1968-1970 models there are no post-1968
vehicles listed here. There are no plans to add any newer vehicles at any
stage in the future. Our passion is for the early classic era vehicles,
plus the later models are well represented in many other quality websites
all around the world.
What about Prince and
Cony vehicles ?
Prince and Cony were two Japanese car manufacturers that were merged
into the Nissan Motor Company in the mid-1960s. Stage two of the website,
which we are working on now, will include information about Prince and
Cony cars and commercial vehicles that will be presented in a similar format
to the rest of the website. Until then the old Prince and Cony pages from
the previous version of earlydatsun.com are still accessable at the bottom
of the main page.
Why pre-1968 ?
1968 marked the end of the classic era in Datsun and Nissan vehicles.
1968 saw the introduction of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Act
in the United States. From 1968 onwards a large number of mandatory safety
features were required for cars sold in the USA, most notably the introduction
of deformable plastic dashboards and the drastic reduction of chrome plated
items, especially those in the driver's field of vision. These new safety
features were not confined to cars destined only for the United States,
Nissan carried these features through most of the Nissan range at this
time. Whilst many of these new features undoubtedly improved safety, they
also spelled the end of the era when designers could create cars exactly
as they wanted them to be.
So you don't like modern
era Datsuns ?
We do like modern Datsuns too! There are lots of great post-1968
Datsuns and Nissans that we like, in fact as well as our fleet of classic
models we have also owned seven modern era Datsuns ourselves over the years.
There are lots of websites devoted to the newer cars, but this website
is dedicated to the classic era.
You have included a few
post-1968 vehicles, why ?
Cars such as the 1968-1970 Nissan Cedric and Datsun Fairlady were
included because they were both a continuation of a model that was introduced
well before 1968 and in the interest of completing the full story of these
models their history was carried through until the series ended. Plus they
are great cars and it would be a crime not to include them.
Vehicles such as the Nissan Laurel and Nissan Gloria were introduced
in 1968 and were definately modern era cars, but due to the fact that there
is so little information available about these cars we felt that it was
appropriate to include them here as well.
... but on another website
it says something different about that car !
There is a lot of conflicting imformation out there, both in books
and on the internet. In particular there is a lot of confusion about the
pre-1955 era. There are some great Datsun websites out there that have
managed to get some of the facts wrong over the years, and rather embarrasingly
even earlier versions of earlydatsun.com contained some information that
was clearly incorrect. It doesn't help that Nissan's own websites contain
some glaring inaccuracies about their own products as well. The fact that
they regularly display their beautifully restored Datsun 12 and present
it as the first model Datsun, when in fact the Datsun 11 from 1932 pre-dated
it by a whole year gives you an indication that even Nissan themselves
struggle with exact details about their own history.
Enthusiasts like us create websites with the best intentions, but
if we ourselves are working off inaccurate source material the inaccuracies
are perpetuated, then these "facts" are copied and pasted into Wikipedia
and they then become the accepted truth. We have gone to great and painstaking
lengths to ensure that the information we have presented here is as accurate
How does the research
on earlydatsun.com differ from other classic Datsun books and websites
We started our research by tracking down genuine Nissan Motor Company
literature from the period as the basis for our research. Over the course
of many years we gained access to as many genuine sales brochures as possible
to provide specifications and visual verification of each model, this way
the facts and photos were based on information from when the vehicle was
built rather than rely on potentially questionable newer source materials.
Other source materials included genuine parts catalogs, service manuals,
service bulletins and other factory literature from the period. A bibliography
of source materials is included on the website.
All the photos are old
ones, why don't you use some better quality more recent photos ?
We believe that any book or website that provides recent photos
as a visual reference is fundamentally flawed. We feel that it is infinately
better to use a grainy old photo from the time the vehicle was produced
rather than to use a high quality image of a potentially non-original restored
vehicle. The use of stock photos from the era show exactly how the car
was intended to look. The only times we have used recent images is when
we could not locate an original stock photo, or if the stock photos we
had were of an extremely poor quality.
Some of the information
is repeated on different pages !
We have worked off the assumption that very few people will read
the entire website in the sequence it is presented. As a result some information
that is relevant to several different models, especially in the case of
cars and commercial vehicles from the same year, will end up being repeated
on a couple of different pages.
I think you got something
completely wrong !
We are not perfect, and as hard as we have tried there are bound
to be the occasional thing or two that we got wrong. If you believe something
is not correct please let us know about it. We will however require solid
evidence to back up any claim before we carry out any investigations and
change anything on the website.
I have a better photo
than the one you used, would you like me to send you a copy ?
Hell yes ! If you can improve on any of the items in the website
please send us an email, we would love to hear from you.