In December last year, Nissan celebrated its 80th birthday and as such have dedicated a section on their US website to celebrating their heritage, including the appreciation of some beautiful classic Nissans. Here are our top two picks of the week focusing on the Datsun brand.
Datsun Cherry 2-door Deluxe (1972)
Definitely not to be confused with the chinese model by a similar name, the Cherry was Nissan’s first FF car (Motor is located in Front of the car and the vehicle is Front wheel drive). It was called the Datsun 100A in Europe and its launch inspired recognition of the Datsun brand in the UK. In fact, customer satisfaction surveys at the time reported that respondents who owned the Cherry were even more satisfied with their vehicle than those who owned the VW Beetle (which was known for inviting brand loyalists at the time). We love its distinctive eye-line window.
Datsun 14 Roadster (1935)
We’ve decided to stick with the Datsun name but have gone back nearly 40 years before the Cherry and just a few short years after the first Datsun was born. This car would not look out of place in the Great Gatsby setting and almost gives you the urge to don elegant gloves and smoke a long thin cigarette. Let’s not wander off topic, however. What is particularly unique about the Roadster is the beautiful rabbit mascot jumping out of the bonnet. Rabbits are widely considered to bring good luck in Japan and China and are even linked to fertility in parts of Japan so this mascot would have inspired confidence in the vehicle. It had a 722cc, 14.8bhp engine and was the first car to come off the line of Nissan’s ‘new’ factory in Yokohama. Sadly production ended with Japan’s entry into World War II.