The Datsun 17 was introduced in April 1938 and was the last model in this line built before passenger car production was halted as the Japanese military prepared to esclate their pre-war activities.
The Datsun 17 was little more than a face-lifted version of the previous Datsun 16, though not all the changes were improvements.
The most obvious change to the vehicle was to it's radiator grille. The grille surround, which was painted the same colour as the body of the car, was largely unchanged, but on the Datsun 17 there is now a wide vertical bar that travels from the top of the grille opening to the bottom. This vertical bar is painted the same colour as the body. The 15 and 16 had a vertical bar in the same location, but it was much narrower.
Much of the rest of the car remained the same as the Datsun 16. The 17 continued to use the same bonnet vent arrangement as the Datsun 16, and under the bonnet it continued to use the same 722cc 4 cylinder 16hp Datsun Type 7 engine.
Nissan's "Fact File 2000" shows that production of the Datsun 17 ended in January 1944, but it seems almost certain that the actualy production run finished in late 1938.
The four seater phaeton body continued to be built.
A four seater sedan version was also built. These were popular as taxis in Japan at the time.
The Datsun 17 was also available as a two seater roadster.
A truck version of the Datsun 17 was also built, called the Datsun 17T. More information about this vehicle can be found on the Datsun 17T page.
Length - 3187mm
Width - 1190mm
Height - 1600mm
Wheelbase - 2005mm
Weight - unknown
Top speed - 80kph
Transmission - Floor
change 3 speed
Model - Type 7
Side Valve 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 722cc
Bore & Stroke 55x76mm
Power - 16hp@3600rpm
Compression - 5.4 : 1
Carburettor - unknown
Final drive - 6.5 : 1
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