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    Datsun 12 1932-1934

    Datsunís roots go all the way back to 1914 when the Kwaishinsha Co. manufactured their first car, the DAT (D, A, and T being the initials of the three investors). It was followed by a smaller car that was to be christened DATSON (son of DAT), but because of the inauspicious associations of "son" (sounds like the Japanese word for "loss"), this was changed to DATSUN when the vehicle went on sale in 1932.

    Specs

    Overall length
    2,710mm
    Overall width
    1,175mm
    Wheelbase
    1,918mm
    Tread
    965mm
    Engine
    Water-cooled, 4 cylinders, SV
    EngineDisplacement
    748cc
    EngineMax. power
    9kW (12PS)
    Price (Phaeton, Osaka delivery) •1,350
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    Wow, looks very Ford Model T-ish. I wouldn't expect that it was Japanese just by glancing at it.

    Shows you how quickly Japan Westernized.

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    wasn't this a version of the Austin Seven or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcpokey View Post
    wasn't this a version of the Austin Seven or something?
    They used it as a base, but didn't build it under license apparently.
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