The Nissan President is a huge car by Early Datsun
standards. At over 5 metres long it is just 1/2 a metre shorter than a
Cadillac Eldorado from the same year. Combine that sheer size with it's
4 litre V8 engine and you end up with the biggest, fastest, most powerful
and most expensive Nissan built up 'till that point in time.
The Nissan President 150 was released in October 1965, and it replaced
the 50 series Nissan Cedric Special, which was the long wheel base six
cylinder version of the standard Cedric. The President was a bold and dramatic
design, much lower and significantly longer than the Cedric Special, it
was an imposing sight, especially on the streets of 1965 Japan, where a
Bluebird was still considered a reasonably big car. It's styling could
best be described as being cosmopolitan, it looked almost as if you had
got an Italian to design a Lincoln. In the true American tradition, the
President has chrome everywhere. It had big wrap-around chrome bumpers,
it had huge chrome sill covers, an ornate chrome grille, chrome window
frames, chrome strips, chrome mirrors, badges, handles, hubcaps, trim pieces,
there was chrome everywhere. If it could be unbolted from the car it was
Inside the car it was pure opulence. There were a few different trim levels,
but the majority of the cars sold were in what was called "Spec-D", which
was the "Full Power Equipment" specification. This meant that you got electrically
operated seats, power windows, twin air conditioners, central door locking,
lights everywhere, leather upholstery, remote control auto-tuning radio,
and lots more. Just like the exterior, there was chrome everywhere. A "Spec-C"
version was also built that didn't have the Full Power Equipment package.
Just like the exterior of the car,
the engine bay was impressive as well, as it housed what was then the biggest
Japanese passenger car engine ever built. The engine was the new Nissan
Y40, which was a 3983cc OHV 90 degree V8 which produced 178hp, and did
so with whisper quietness and was almost completely vibration free. I have
sat in a President and you can't tell that the engine is actually running.
All V8 Presidents had a 3 speed automatic transmission.
A "Spec-B" version was also available, which was fitted with the H30 OHV
inline 6 cylinder engine carried over from the 50 series Cedric Special.
This engine was 2974cc in size and produced 130hp. This version also had
the 3 speed auto. The "Spec-A" version had the H30 engine mated to a 3
speed column change manual gearbox.
The Nissan President 150 was in production
from October 1965 until August 1973. During that time very little changed.
In 1971 the outside mirrors were moved closer to the front of the car and
the location of the windscreen wipers were altered to increase the area
of the screen they swept. The 150 was replaced by the President 250 series
in 1973, which had a larger 4.4 litre V8. The 250 was replaced by the HG50
series President, which was also sold as the Infiniti Q45.
A sales brochure for the Nissan President 150
President 150 Specifications
Length - 5045mm
Width - 1795mm
Height - 1460mm
Wheelbase - 2850mm
Weight - 1625kg
Top speed - 185kph
3 speed Borg Warner Auto
Final Drive - 3.15:1
OHV 90deg. V8
Model - Y40
Capacity - 3983cc
Bore & Stroke 92x75mm
Power - 178bhp@4800rpm
Compression - 9.0 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi KHA-342-IE
dual throat down draught
OHV 6 Cylinder
Model - H30
Capacity - 2974cc
Bore & Stroke 87x83mm
Power - 120bhp@4400rpm
Compression - 8.2 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi VCB-42-1
dual throat down draught