|The Datsun 113 was in production from June 1956 through until September
Visually there is nothing to distinguish the Datsun 113 from
the previous 112 model. In fact the only difference between the 112 and
the new 113 is the gearbox, but this represented a major change for the
The 112 used a 4 speed floor change gearbox that was a copy
of the unit used in the Austin A40 Somerset, which Nissan was building
under licence at the time. For the 113 Nissan introduced their own gearbox,
which was a column change 4 speed gearbox with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd
and 4th speeds.
The new Nissan designed gearbox was also 10kg lighter than
the old Austin box.
The column shift was seen as a major benefit in the Asian markets,
as it would allow for three people to be seated in the front bench seat,
but three full-sized European/American bodies would never be able to be
comfortably accomodated across a narrow Datsun.
The column change however was seen as a disadvantge in the West, by the
time the 310 series Bluebird came out in the 1960s a floor change was offered
as an option, and by the end of the 1960s the column change box was dropped
from the export Bluebird range.
The dashboard stayed essentially the same as the previous
model, with only a slight alteration to accomodate the shaft of the column
change that ran parallel to the steering column. The body featured a new
floor, with a much lower transmission tunnel. It continued to use the 860cc
D-10 side valve engine. All other mechanicals were identical to the 112.
A Japanese sales brochure for the Datsun 113.
An image from a Japanese language sales brochure for the
113, drawing attention to the column change gear lever.
Length - 3860mm
Width - 1466mm
Height - 1540mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 880kg
Top speed - 85kph
Transmission - Column change
OHV 4 Cylinder
Model - D-10
Capacity - 860cc
Bore & Stroke 60x76mm
Power - 25bhp@4000rpm
Compression - 6.3 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi Solex
VA-26-3 C type 26mm single throat downdraught
Final drive - 6.43:1