Datsun Sedan

1955 - 110 Series

The Datsun 110 went into production in January 1955. The 110 was the first car in a line of vehicles that would eventually evolve into the Datsun Bluebird, a car that would become the backbone of the Datsun range for decades to come.


The basic architecture of the 110 would continue in production, with a few minor changes, until July 1959, by which time it had evolved into the Datsun 211.
Styling was fairly modern for it's time, especially when compared to the previous DB models. There are certainly styling cues taken from Austins of the era, but with enough details to give it a distinctly Japanese character. It's giant 15 inch wheels, sitting inside it's completely open wheelarches, give the car a very upright appearance. The dashboard in the 110 featured an instrument cluster that was rather inconveniently located in the centre of the dash, on the following 112 model the instruments were relocated to be in front of the driver.   

The grille on the 110 featured two large horizontal chrome bars, with a large portion of the grille being painted instead of being chrome plated. The car has it's front indicators placed at the front of the car, either side of the grille opening. At the back of the car there are two tall and narrow oval tail lights. The following 112 model had round tail lights, and no front indicators. Instead, the 112 had small bullet shaped indicators that sat on the top of the front guards.
Badges on the 110 consisted of a DATSUN badge at the front of the car, just above the grille opening, and a DATSUN mark just above the number plate frame.
 Mechanically the 110 still continued to use the D-10 engine, which was little more than a slightly improved version of the pre-war Datsun engine. The D-10 was an 860cc side valve 4 cylinder engine with an Hitachi made version of the single throat down draught Solex carburettor. The D-10 produced 25hp at 4000rpm.
 The engine may have been old, but the chassis and suspension were all new and designed especially for the new car. It featured a reverse Elliot I beam front and a solid rear axle with longitudinal leaf springs front and back. Electrics were all 6 volt.
 The Datsun 110 was replaced by the Datsun 112 in December 1955

Model Variations


1955 Datsun 110

The standard sedan version.


Datsun 120 Pickup

A range of small commercial vehicles based on the Datsun 110 sedan were also produced at the same time. This range of vehicles, called the 120 series, included a pickup truck and a light van. More information about these vehicles can be found in the Datsun 120 section.  


Datsun K110

The K110 was a convertible two door version that sold in very small numbers. More information can be found on the K110 page.


Datsun W110

 The Datsun W110 was the station wagon version of the Datsun 110 sedan. It was introduced at the same time as the sedan and features a two piece cargo door, with a framed glass section that opens upwards, and a lower section that folds downwards.   


Datsun M110

 The M110 is an ambulance / medical specialty vehicle based on the W110 wagon.  

1955 Datsun 110 Specifications

Length - 3860mm
Width - 1466mm
Height - 1540mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 890kg
Top speed - 85kph
Transmission - Floor change 4 speed
Final drive - 6.43:1

D-10 Series Engine Specifications

Model - D-10
Side Valve 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 860cc
Bore & Stroke 60x76mm
Power - 25hp@4000rpm
Torque- 37ft/lb@2400rpm
Compression - 6.3:1
Carburettor - Hitachi Solex VA-26-2 26mm single throat downdraught

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