1959 - The first Datsun
compact pickup is sold in America. Originally it used an imported
37-hp 1000-cc engine, the upgraded model features a 48-hp 1200-cc
version. This quarter-ton pickup firmly establishes Datsun in the
1914 - The first Datsun is
60ís - Toward the end of this
decade of change, Nissan has built a strong reputation in both the
American and the Japanese markets. The Datsun 2000 roadster,
valued both for its style and performance, becomes synonymous with
early Nissan design. Soon after, the Datsun "Z" changes the way
people think of sports cars.
1960 - Nissan Motor
Corporation U.S.A. (NMC) is established in Gardena, California.
The model year witnesses the birth of Datsun's first sports car,
the SPL 210. This high, narrow, 4-seat roadster features a fold
down soft top with side curtains, "4 on the floor," and a 48-hp
1200-cc engine (soon replaced by an 85-hp version).