A new model is introduced, but things start to get confusing in the Nissan/Datsun model range.
The Datsun 114 entered production in October 1957, at exactly the same time as the new Datsun 210 sedan. The 114 and the 210 are virtually identical except for their grille and exterior trim.
The body of the 114 is exactly the same as the previous 113 model, the only difference being a new grille design. The new grille features three horizontal bars with the middle one being significantly wider.
The new 114 continued to plod along with the by now woefully underpowered old 25hp 860cc D-10 side valve engine, which was little more than a slightly modified version of the pre-war Datsun 17 engine. The 210 featured the new C series 37hp 988cc overhead valve "Stone" engine.
The 210 also featured stainless steel side strips along the front guards and front doors, the 114 had no side strips. The 114 continued to use the same Datsun badge on the side of the car as the 113, the 210 had a badge that said Datsun 1000. All other mechanicals on the 114 were exactly the same as the previous 113.
The 114 existed so as to be a low cost option for people who could not afford the new Datsun 210, with it's significantly more expensive to build OHV engine.
The 114 continued in production through until September 1958.
The standard sedan version.
A range of small commercial vehicles based on the Datsun 114 sedan were also produced at the same time. This range of vehicles, called the 124 series, included a pickup truck and a light van. More information about these vehicles can be found in the Datsun 124 section.
The Datsun 114 sedan was a lower specification version of the Datsun 210 sedan of the same year.
Length - 3860mm
Width - 1466mm
Height - 1540mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 880kg
Top speed - 85kph
Transmission - Column 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
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