Datsun Sedan

1956 - 113 Series

The Datsun 113 was in production from June 1956 through until September 1957.


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 vehicle.
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. 

Model Variations


Datsun 113

The standard sedan version.


Datsun 123 Pickup

A range of small commercial vehicles based on the Datsun 113 sedan were also produced at the same time. This range of vehicles, called the 123 series, included a pickup truck and a light van. More information about these vehicles can be found in the Datsun 123 section.  


Datsun W113

The Datsun W113 was the station wagon version of the Datsun 113 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 M113

The M113 is an ambulance / medical specialty vehicle based on the W113 wagon.  

1957 Datsun 113 Specifications

Length - 3860mm
Width - 1466mm
Height - 1540mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 880kg
Top speed - 85kph
Transmission - Column 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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