Datsun Roadster

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Datsun Roadster/Road Star/Coupe
Datsun Model 15 Roadster.jpg
AssemblyYokohama Plant, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Body and chassis
ClassSports car
Body style2-door roadster
2-door coupe
LayoutFR layout
Engine495 cc DAT I4 (1932-1934)
722 cc Type 7 I4 (1935-1941)
PredecessorDatsun Type 12
SuccessorDatsun DC-3

The Datsun Roadster was a lightweight automobile produced by Nissan in the 1930s. The series was a predecessor to the Fairlady sports cars, and was an example of the earliest passenger cars produced in Japan. It shows some similarities to the Kurogane Type 95 four-wheel-drive roadster used by the Japanese Army during World War II.


The first car to bear the Datsun name was the 1932 Type 11 Roadster. It was powered by a 495 cc straight-4 10 hp (7.5 kW) engine. The 1931 Type 11 had the same engine and was called a "Datson".

Road Star[edit]

The Roadster was replaced for 1935 by the Road Star. It used a 14 hp (10.4 kW) 722 cc engine, and a Coupe model was also available. The engine's output was pushed to 16 hp (12 kW) for 1937. Production ended with Japan's entry into World War II in 1941.


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