Datsun Sedan

1959 - 211 Series

The Datsun 211 was the last of the vehicles based on the 1955 Datsun 110, and the last small car built before the introduction of the Bluebird name.

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The Datsun 211 went into production in October 1958 and finished in July 1959. It was built alongside the new Datsun 115 sedan, which was a smaller engined side valve version of the 211.
Side mounted badges in the car say DATSUN 1000. There is a round badge in the centre of the dashboard that says DATSUN 1000, or on the 1200 version these badges all say Datsun 1200. 

The 211 was virtually the same as the 1958 1/2 version of the Datsun 210 that it replaced. The main differences being that the 211 has stainless steel side strips that travells the full length of the car, while the 210 has strips that travel along the front guards and the front doors only. The 211 has a new grille design, featuring eight narrow horizontal bars, whereas the 210 had three very wide horizontal bars.
  The 211 also featured stacked tail lights, with a round stop light sitting above a round indicator.
 The 211 continued to use the C series 988cc OHV "Stone" engine first introduced in the Datsun 210. But in response to the American and Australian importers, a more powerful 1200 version was built for the export markets.
The new engine was the 1189cc over head valve E series engine, which produced 48hp. The new E engine has the same bore as the Stone engine, but is stroked a further 12mm to give it it's extra capacity.

Model Variations


Datsun 211

 The Datsun 211 was initially sold with a 988cc 37hp engine, this model had badges that said Datsun 1000.  


Datsun P211

 Later in the production run an 1189cc 48hp version was also offered. This model was externally identical to the smaller engined version except for it's Datsun 1200 badges.  


Datsun W211

The W211 was the wagon version.

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Datsun 115

 A lower specification version of the 211 was also available. This model was known as the Datsun 115 and featured an 860cc side valve engine.  


Datsun 221 Pickup

 A range of small commercial vehicles based on the Datsun 211 sedan were also produced at the same time. This range of vehicles, called the 221 series, included a pickup truck and a light van. More information about these vehicles can be found in the Datsun 221 section.  

1959 Datsun 211 Specifications

Length - 3880mm
Width - 1466mm
Height - 1500mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 925kg
Top speed - JDM 95kph
- Export 120kph
Transmission - Column change 4 speed

1000 Engine Specifications

1000 Engine
Model - C
OHV 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 988cc
Bore & Stroke 73x59mm
Power - 37bhp@4600rpm
Torque - 49ft/lb@2400rpm
Compression - 7.5 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi Solex VA-26-6 26mm single throat down draught  

1200 Engine Specifications

1200 Engine
Model - E
OHV 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 1189cc
Bore & Stroke 73x71mm
Power - 48bhp@4800rpm
Torque- 60ft/lb@2400rpm
Compression - 7.5 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi VAA-28 28mm single throat down draught
Final drive
JDM - 5.57 : 1
Export - 5.13 : 1