The 60 series Nissan Patrol went into production in October 1960. In June 1980, just short of two decades later, the last 60 series rolled off the production line. But even that wasn't the end of the 60 series, a mildly modified version called the 61 series was sold alongside the new 160 Patrol until well into 1984. In all that time the vehicle remained virtually identical to the original 1960 model, with only one engine upgrade and a couple of changes to the interior trim during the course of it's life.
The 60 series Patrol was a completely new design, and the first time the Patrol had it's own distinctive look. Previous Patrols had all been directly inspired by American Jeeps. The 60 series featured front guards that were incorporated into the body, rather than appearing like something that had been added later. The new broad and narrow front end design gives the 60 a very bold and purposeful look.
The engine used in the 60 series was the same P series 3956cc OHV 6 cylinder engine used the the previous 4W66 Patrol. Initially this engine produced 125hp, but changes to the compression ratio, carburettor and valve timing in 1965 increased the output to 145hp. The previous Patrols all had their electricals placed fairly low in the vehicle, and as a result they were never particularly good at fording creeks and streams. All this was fixed on the 60 series, and the brochures all drew attention the the fact that they were more waterproof.
Initially the only model available was the standard 60 model, which was the short wheelbase soft top version with the fold down windscreen. In 1962 a SWB hard top was introduced as well as a medium wheelbase wagon. In 1968 a pickup truck version was added, and in the early 1970s a long wheelbase truck was also added.
The 60 series sold very well in Asia and Australia, but not so well in the USA. The 60 was available in the States from 1961 until it was withdrawn from sale in 1969 afer only about 4000 were sold there.
The 60 series Patrol was replaced in 1980 by the all new, and thoroughly modern 160 series Patrol, also known as the Nissan Safari.
The standard version of the Patrol was called the 60. This was the short wheel base soft top version.
The K60 was the hardtop version of the 60.
A wagon version was introduced in about 1962. It was built on the mid sized wheelbase.
A cab/chassis version was introduced in the late 1960s, which allowed the buyer to fit his own cargo tray.
The 62ZG60H was a pickup truck version with a steel body and a fold down rear flap. This was introduced at the same time as the G60H-A.
A specially built fire truck was also available from the factory.
Length - 3770mm
Width - 1693mm
Height - 1980mm
Wheelbase - 2200mm
Weight - 1540kg
Top speed - 120kph
Column change 3 speed
Model - P
Capacity - 3956cc
Bore & Stroke 86x114mm
Power - 125bhp@3400rpm
Compression - 7 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi VC-42-1 down draught
Final drive 4.1 : 1