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1953 Datsun DS-5 Thrift

 The Datsun Thrift DS-5 is exactly the same as the previous DS-4 model, except for it's engine. 
 The grille on the first of the DS-5s is the same as the one used on the DS-4, and consists of six horizontal chrome bars with one vertical chrome bar in the middle. Later in the production run, sometime in 1954, the grille was changed and then featured thirteen thin vertical chrome plated bars. 
 As with the previous model, the car features rear hinged 'suicide doors' on the front and conventional front hinged doors at the back. Individual chrome letters on the front of the bonnet spell the Datsun name. 
 The biggest change to the vehicle was to it's engine. The DS-5 features the first all new Datsun engine since the war. The new engine is the Datsun D-10, which is essentially a stroked version of the old Type 7 engine. Still a side valve design, the new unit has a displacement of 860cc and produces 25hp. Top speed increases to 78kph. 
 The Datsun DS-5 Thrift was built during 1953 and part of 1954. It was replaced in 1954 by the all new Datsun DS-6.

A sales brochure for the Datsun DB-5 and DS-5
The rear of the Datsun DS-5

1953 Datsun DS-5 Thrift Specifications  
Length - 3750mm   
Width - 1458mm   
Height - 1535mm   
Wheelbase - 2150mm   
Weight - 930kg  
Top speed - unknown 

Transmission - Floor change 3 speed

Engine Specifications 
Model - Type 7 
Side Valve 4 Cylinder  
Capacity - 722cc   
Bore & Stroke 55x75mm   
Power - 20hp@3600rpm   
Torque- unknown   
Compression - 6.5 : 1   
Carburettor - unknown   

Final drive - unknown


Model Variations
Datsun DS-5 Thrift - Early Model  
 The early DS-5 Thrift used the same grille as the DS-4, with six horizontal bars and one vertical bar.
Datsun DS-5 Thrift - Late Model  
 The later DS-5 used a different grille with 13 thin vertical bars.

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