Datsun 15T Truck

1936 15T Model

The Datsun 15T went into production in May 1936 and featured a substantially different body to the previous 14T truck.


The grille on the 15T is a pressed steel design that is painted the same colour as the body, the new grille stands more upright than the grille on the 14T. The grille itself is much deeper than the chrome plated grille on the 14T. As materials such as chrome were getting harder to source thanks to the war effort in Manchuria, the cars began to use less of it. On the Datsun 15 pretty much all of the grille is painted the same colour as the body, with the only chrome being a thin strip around the outside and a couple of horizontal bars. The cute leaping rabbit from last year has been replaced by an odd stylised mascot that looks almost like a streamlined rabbit with huge ears. 

The truck uses different engine covers than those on the sedan. The sedan had a series of horizontal vents on the engine cover, while the truck has a series of near vertical vents.

 Mechanically the Datsun 15 was pretty much the same as the Datsun 14. They both used the same 722cc 4 cylinder engine, but for the 15 the compression ratio was increased from 5.2 to 5.4, which resulted in an increase in power from 15hp to 16hp. The gearing remained the same, so the top speed remained at 80kph.

 The Datsun 15T was in production from May 1936 until April 1938. A Datsun 16 sedan was built in 1937, but no attempt was made to built a 16T truck, instead the 15T stayed in production through that time.

Model Variations


Datsun 15T Truck

 The truck version.  


Datsun 15 Van

 A commercial vehicle delivery van version was also made, with twin door on the back. 


Datsun 15 Sedan

The 15T was based on the 15 sedan.

1936 Datsun 15T Specifications

Length - 3187mm
Width - 1190mm
Height - 1550mm
Wheelbase - 2005mm
Weight - unknown
Top speed - 80kph
Transmission - Floor change 3 speed

Engine Specifications

Model - Type 7
Side Valve 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 722cc
Bore & Stroke 55x79mm
Power - 16hp@3600rpm
Torque- unknown
Compression - unknown
Carburettor - unknown 
Final drive - unknown

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