| The Datsun DB-2 was released in 1949.
Though it doens't mention it anywhere on the vehicle, the all the cars
in the Datsun DB series from now until 1954 were sold as the Datsun deLuxe.
The original Datsun DB model from 1948 had been a rather obvious copy of
the 1947 Crosley. For the Datsun DB-2 model Nissan decided to alter the
design of the front of the car to make it look a bit less like a Crosley.
The most distinctive design feature
of the Crosley was the dorsal fin that ran along the bonnet and down the
front of the car. The first thing Nissan did was to completely remove this
feature from the car. The DB-2 instead has a subtle crease through the
centre of the bonnet, and the front of the car is almost completely flat.
The previous model also had two seperate grilles, with one either side
of the dorsal fin. For the DB-2 the grille is now one piece, and it consists
of six thin horizontal bars that cover nearly the full width of the car.
The rest of the car remains unchanged. All the mechanicals remain the same,
including the 722cc 15hp Type 7 side valve engine and the 3 speed gearbox.
In 1950 there was a slight change to
the design of the grille. Instead of having six thin horizontal bars the
1950 model has five horizontal bar. The top, middle and bottom bars are
much thicker than before, while the 2nd and 4th bars are thin. Above the
grille there is a bracket where the number plate attaches.
The Datsun DB-2 was built during 1949
and 1950, in 1951 it was replaced with the four door Datsun DB-4.
A Japanese newspaper advertisment for the Datsun range,
featuring the Datsun DB-2
Datsun DB-2 Sedan Specifications
Length - unknown
Width - unknown
Height - unknown
Wheelbase - 2006mm
Weight - unknown
Top speed - unknown
Transmission - Floor
change 3 speed
Model - Type 7
Side Valve 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 722cc
Bore & Stroke 55x75mm
Power - 16hp@3500rpm
Compression - 6.2 : 1
Carburettor - unknown
Final drive - unknown