| The Nissan 480 replaced the Nissan
380 in May 1953, after the 380 had been in production for only seventeen
months. The body and chassis of the 480 is exactly the same as the previous
380, the only differences being to the trim pieces on the outside, and
more importantly to the engine.
The most noticable change to the truck is it's new grille. The previous
380 had two grille openings that contained five thin horizontal chrome
bars, on the new 480 the five thin bars are replaced with three very wide
full width horizontal bars. The trim piece that covers the slot on the
side of the bonnet is also altered, and is now longer and incorporates
a new Nissan badge at the front of the strip.
The other big change for the 480 was to the engine. The 480 featured the
first new Nissan truck engine in over seventeen years with the introduction
of the new 3666cc 6 cylinder 92hp Nissan NB series engine. The new engine
offered a 7hp increase over the previous engine. A diesel engine was also
available, which was a 4 cylinder 3832cc unit producing 90hp.
A bus version of the Nissan 480 was also available, called
the Nissan 490. The 490 was actually released three months before the truck,
in February 1953.
Later in the production run there was a change to the engine,
with the introduction of the 3960cc 105hp NC series engine. The model fitted
with this engine was designated the Nissan 482, and the bus was designated
the Nissan 492. These vehicles were visually unchanged from the original
480 and 490 models.
The Nissan 480 was in production from May 1953 until December
1955, when it was replaced with the more powerful Nissan 580 series.
A sales brochure for the Nissan 380
Length - 6358mm
Width - 2160mm
Height - 2210mm
Wheelbase - 4000mm
Weight - 2970kg
Top speed - 85kph
Transmission - 4 speed Floor
Final Drive - 6.33:1
Model - NB
Capacity - 3666cc
Bore & Stroke unknown
Power - 92bhp@3400rpm
Compression - unknown
Carburettor - Hitachi Solex
40PH single throat down draught
Model - Diesel
Capacity - 3832cc
Bore & Stroke 113x140mm
Power - 90bhp@2200rpm
Compression - 17.3:1