The 1965 model Bluebird 410 went into production in September 1964.
Most of the 1965 410 remained unchanged from the previous 1964 model, with most of the changes being relatively cosmetic in nature. Most noticable of these changes was the grille. The 1965 grille consists of 14 very thin horizontal bars and one slightly thicker horizontal bar in the middle. The grille badge has also changed and is now more of a rectangular shape with a red centre and a D in the middle.
The other major change is to the over riders on the bumber bars. The 1964 model had wide chrome 'bull nose' shaped over riders, from 1965 onwards the 410 and 411 have much narrower over riders with vertical black rubber inserts.
Taillights on this model are the same as the 1964, and consist of a large round stop light with a rectangular indicator attached to the stop light. The badges on the car remain the same with either Bluebird or Datsun on the side, and at the back of the car on the right hand side of the boot lid there is a Datsun badge, if it was a deLuxe model it would have a deLuxe badge on the left. All the badges are in a fairly delicate running writing font, and are an anodised gold finish.
No mechanical changes were made, the engine and gearbox both carried over from the 1964 model. The 410 still uses the old 1189cc 60hp E-1 engine, which is now at the end of it's life. A base model with the 988cc 45hp C-1 engine was also available in Asia. The majority of cars were shipped with a 3 speed column change gearbox, but a 4 speed floor change unit was also available.
An entry level model was also available. These had no shiny stainless steel trims on the door frames, or the windscreen frames. They also have no trims along the sills and no over riders on the bumpers. The badges on these models are silver instead of gold coloured. Instead of having hubcaps that cover the whole wheel they instead have tiny discs that only cover the wheel centre.
A wagon version of the 410 went on sale at the same time as the sedan. The wagon had a one piece rear door that was hinged at the top, the previous 312 had a two piece door arangement. Wagons have a Wagon badge on the tailgate door on the right hand side. A deLuxe and standard version were available.
The Datsun P410 is the deLuxe version of the Datsun 410 sedan. Amongst other differences it has stainless steel door window frame trims and wider strips along the side of the car.
A "Fancy deLuxe" version was offered for the ladies, included bigger mirrors, a vanity mirror on the driver's side sunvisor, an under-dash stilletto shoe holder, an automatic clutch, bigger inside door handles, and an indicator that plays music box music instead of just making a clicking sound. They were all pale yellow with a pale yellow and grey interior.
The SS was a performance sedan version of the 1965 Bluebird. Essentially the same as the deLuxe version of the 410, except that the SS has a pair of 38mm Hitachi side draught carburettors, very similar to those used on the Datsun Fairlady sports car. This increased the power to about 65hp. The SS had a 4 speed floor change gearbox and bucket seats. The only external difference is the SS badges on the C pillars.
A two door version of the 410 was also made. The 2 door is exactly the same dimensions as the 4 door, except that it has longer front doors. The seats are unique to this models, as they fold forwards to allow access to the rear seat, the buckets in the 4 doors have fixed backs.
Other Model Variations
There were several different model variations for the 410 series, and these can usually be identified by their model code.
W = If the model code begins with a W, then the vehicle is a wagon.
P is the code meaning 'power up', which is Nissan speak for a larger engine. If a 410 series car is a P410, then it has an E-1 series engine, if it is just a 410 (no P), then it has the C-1 series engine.
D indicates it is a deLuxe version
L indicates that the car is a left hand drive version.
-R signifies that it is the 2 door model
-L is a Fancy deLuxe
-M means that the car was fitted with twin carbs
-N indicates that the car has the auto-clutch option
-T shows that the car has the 4 speed floor change gearbox
-U indicates that it has the 4.375:1 ratio final drive. Only export models had the 4.375 final drive, so the -U also indicates that it is an export model.
Many of these codes, particularly the suffixes, are internal codes used by Nissan themselves and are not printed on the vehicle anywhere.
Length - 3995mm
Width - 1490mm
Height - 1390mm
Wheelbase - 2380mm
Weight - 885kg
Top speed - 128kph
Transmission - Column change 3 speed or floor change 4 speed
Model - C-1
OHV 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 988cc
Bore & Stroke 73x59mm
Power - 45bhp@4600rpm
Torque - 7.2kg/m@4000rpm
Compression - 8.0 : 1
Carburettor - Nikki dual throat down draught
Model - E-1
OHV 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 1189cc
Bore & Stroke 73x71mm
Power - 60bhp@4800rpm
Compression - 8.2 : 1
Carburettor - Nikki 2D-30C dual throat down draught
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