Random Pic: Datsun Homecoming

In 1933, Datsun, or Jidosha Seizo Co., Ltd. as it was called, established its headquarters in Yokohama, where Japan’s first real automobile factory would later stand. Three years later, this Datsun Model 15 roadster rolled off the assembly line. With its 722cc inline four generating just 16 horsepower to pull 1100 pounds, had the power to weight ratio of a Jawa sand crawler. However, it reached a top speed of 50 miles per hour, more than adequate for Tokyo’s slim alleys back in the day. During Nissan’s growth years, the head office moved to the posh Ginza district ot Tokyo. Today, this car has made its way back home to a small gallery at Nissan’s Yokohama factory, which still churns out engines and transmissions for new Nissans and Infinitis, and awaits the return of the company’s HQ to Yokohama in 2010.

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2 Responses to Random Pic: Datsun Homecoming

  1. JT191 says:

    Um, this car was parked in the middle of the Engine Gallery on the first floor in June of 2006, was it moved somewhere else and then moved into the place formerly occupied by the 1500 Fairlady? Or was it originally in the front gallery and has now returned to its former display?

  2. Jnostalgics says:

    I don’t remember where it was located, but I don’t think it was in the engine gallery. We were really short on time so we whizzed through the display pretty quickly and just snapped a few photos.

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