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 standard sedan version.
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.
The K110 was a convertible two door version that sold in very small numbers.
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.
The M110 is an ambulance / medical specialty vehicle based on the W110 wagon.
Length - 3860mm
Width - 1466mm
Height - 1540mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 890kg
Top speed - 85kph
Transmission - Floor change 4 speed
Final drive - 6.43:1
Model - D-10
Side Valve 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 860cc
Bore & Stroke 60x76mm
Power - 25hp@4000rpm
Compression - 6.3:1
Carburettor - Hitachi Solex VA-26-2 26mm single throat downdraught