Datsun Sedan

1958 - 114 Series

 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 main visual cue to distinguish a 1958 Datsun 114 from a 1958 Datsun 210 was the grille, with the 210 having a much taller grille that finished just under the bonnet opening, and now incorporated the Datsun badge into the grille. The 114 grille had about 2 inches between the bonnet opening and the top of the grille.
The 210 had a grille with very chunky wide horizontal bars, the 114 had relatively delicate and slender horizontal bars.
 Inside the car there is a new instrument binnacle design, with all the guages now located behind a large single rectangular pane of glass.
The confusing bit is that the 114 shares the same body as the new Datsun 210. The main difference between the 114 and the 210 is their engines.


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.


Model Variations


Datsun 114

The standard sedan version.


Datsun 124 Pickup

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.  


Datsun 210

The Datsun 114 sedan was a lower specification version of the Datsun 210 sedan of the same year.  

1958 Datsun 114 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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