| Datsun's first passenger car
after the end of the war was the Datsun DA, which was based on the Datsun
1121 truck, which itself was based on the pre-war Datsun 17T truck. The
Datsun DA was a very basic and austaire car. Supply shortages meant that
many materials used for car production were in short supply, and the Datsun
DA reflected that problem.
By the start of the 1950s Japan was
on the road to recovery, and as a result the material shortages that plagued
Nissan through the late 1940s were at an end. Chrome was readilly available,
and now there was no need to skimp on quality and to cut back on the details.
In 1950 Nissan released a new small truck model called the Datsun 4146,
which was for all intents and purposes a 1937 Datsun 17T truck, except
with a more powerful new engine. The new Datsun DS sedan was basically
a Datsun 4146 truck with a sedan body.
It is worth noting that the Datsun
DS was based on the new version of the Datsun 17T truck and not the Datsun
17 sedan, as there was a major difference between the two. The 17 sedan
had a significantly longer bonnet, and as a result had the windscreen set
further back in the vehicle. For the truck version of the 17, the 17T,
the windscreen and cabin area were moved closer to the front so as to allow
more room for a longer cargo area on the truck. As a result, the Datsun
DS has a much shorter bonnet than the pre-war Datsun 17.
The grille on the Datsun DS is identical
to the one used on the Datsun 17T, except that the centre vertical bar
of the grille on the 17T was originally painted the same colour as the
body, on the DS this bar is now chrome plated.
The engine used on the DS was essentually
the same as the Type 7 unit used on the Datsun DA, except a few modifications
were made to lift the power output up to 20hp. The Datsun DS was only in
production for a brief time, with the last one rolling off the line in
A Datsun DS with it's shorter truck bonnet.
A pre-war Datsun sedan with it's longer bonnet
Datsun DS Sedan Specifications
Length - 3185mm
Width - 1380mm
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 - 20hp@3600rpm
Compression - 6.5 : 1
Carburettor - unknown
Final drive - unknown