Nissan 580

1955 580 and 590 Model

 The Nissan 580 was introduced in December 1955 and was in production until March 1959.  


The Nissan 580 was another update of the body shape that began with the Nissan 380 in 1952. All the panels on the 580 are exactly the same as the 380 and 480, with the only major visual differences being to the grille design. The previous Nissan 480 had a grille that consisted of three very wide horizontal chrome bars covering it's two large grille opening in the body. For the 580 these two large grille openings each have their own grille, which consists of a white painted pressed steel rectangle with two horizontal slots.

These grilles do not fully cover the grille opening, and they leave a gap at the top and bottom. On the front of the bonnet, just under the front air intakes, there is a long chrome strip with Nissan on it. On the side of the bonnet the slots have a chrome strip that runs horizontally through the middle of slot.

 The engine used in the Nissan 580 is the same engine that was introduced in the previous Nissan 482 model, which was the NC series 3960cc 105hp 6 cylinder unit. A longer wheel base model, the G580 was also available, which was an extra 1000mm longer between the wheels. The bus version of the 580 was called the Nissan 590, and it was introduced six months before the 580 truck, in May 1955. A diesel engine version was also built called the M580.

In 1958 a new version of the Nissan 580 was introduced, called the Nissan 582. Mechanically the 582 was the same as the 580, the only notable differences being to the grille and trim. The grille on the 582 is much taller than that on the 580, and it now fills the whole grille opening, rather than leaving a large gap at the top and bottom like the 580. The 580 grille was fairly straight and angular, while the new 582 grille is much more rounded. Also in the side of the bonnet the trim has changed. On the 580 the slot on the side of the bonnet has a horizontal strip this travels through the middle of the slot, on the 582 the strip sits on top of the opening slot.

 The Nissan 582 was the last vehicle in this body shape that first began with the Nissan 380 in 1952. The 582 was replaced in March 1959 with the all new Nissan 680.


Model Variations


Nissan 580 - 1955

The truck version of the 580.


Nissan 582 - 1958

The updated version of the 580, with a new grille design.  


Nissan 580 Cab Chassis

Cab/Chassis and Bonnet/Chassis versions were also available to allow customers to build their own custom bodies.  


Nissan 590

The Nissan 590 was the bus version.  

1955 Nissan 580 Specifications

Length - 7010mm
Width - 2240mm
Height - 2290mm
Wheelbase - 4000mm
Weight - 3585kg
Top speed - 88kph
Transmission - 4 speed Floor change
Final Drive - 6.33:1

Engine Specifications

Model - NC
Capacity - 3960cc
Bore & Stroke 86x114mm
Power - 105hp@3400rpm
Torque- 195 ft/lb@1600rpm
Compression - 6.8 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi Stromberg VC-45 single throat down draught

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