Datsun 112 was only in production for a total of six months, from December
1955 through until May 1956. The body was essentially the same as the previous
110 model, but a few significant changes were made.
For reasons unknown, Nissan went straight from the Datsun
110 to the 112, completely missing the 111 designation.
The front mounted indicators, placed either side of the grille opening
on the Datsun 110, were removed for the 112 model. These were replaced
with a pair of bullet shaped indicators that now sit on top of the front
guards, back towards the windscreen. At the back of the car the oval stop
lights from the 110 have been replaced with a pair of round stop lights.
There is now a DATSUN badge on the side of the car, just
under the new bullet indicators. The rear badge remains the same, but there
is a redesigned DATSUN badge at the front.
The front features a new grille design, which is slightly
wider than the 110, with two horizontal rows of eight rectangular slots,
with a large horizontal bar in between.
The dashboard has been completely redesigned. The old 110 model had an
instrument binacle located in the centre of the dash, the new 112 has a
redesigned instrument panel that is now located directly in front of the
driver. Mechanically the 112 was exactly the same as the
110. It continued to use the 860cc D-10 side valve engine.
The Datsun 112 won the Second Mainichi Industrial Design
Award in 1956 for its "novel design, maneuverability, and comfortable interior".
A Japanese sales brochure for the Datsun 112.
A rear view of the 112 showing the new round stop lights
Length - 3860mm
Width - 1466mm
Height - 1540mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 890kg
Top speed - 85kph
Transmission - Floor change
Model - D-10
Side Valve 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 860cc
Bore & Stroke 60x76mm
Power - 25hp@4000rpm
Compression - 6.3:1
Carburettor - Hitachi Solex
VA-26-3 C type 26mm single throat downdraught
Final drive - 6.43:1