Happy 100th Birthday to Mr. K!


Yutaka “Mr. K” Katayama, president of Nissan USA during the heyday of the Datsun brand, turns 100 today! Mr. K was dispatched to the US in 1960 to handle the west coast operations of a little known startup marque from across the Pacific. By the time his tenure ended, he had put the Datsun 240Z and 510 into the history books and set them well on their way to being some of the most highly regarded Japanese cars of all time.

The Datsun Heritage Museum will observe his birthday this Saturday, September 19, with a car show from 10am to 3pm. For more information, download this PDF file or visit the DHM website.

[Image: Datsun Heritage Museum]

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6 Responses to Happy 100th Birthday to Mr. K!

  1. Sr-FairladyZ says:

    WOW, 100yrs old! Super Happy Birthday Mr. K!

  2. bert says:

    Just 15 more years till he becomes the oldest person in the world!

  3. Skylines & Z's says:

    am starting to think that Japanese cars are built as durable as the Japanese people 🙂

    I also read somewhere of a 97 years old doctor and I had met an 82 yo eye doctor myself while in Japan….

    Thank you for bringing the Z over to the U.S Mr. K

  4. Billy Jarrell says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. K!! We Love our Z’s…Thanks

  5. Rob says:

    Mr. K looks like he still can run the company!!! Put him in charge and bring back the 510!!!!!!

    (and actually call it a 510!)

  6. colink says:

    Blimey a very influencial man indeed

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