| 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.
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
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
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.