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 Nissan Cedric G30
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After the ending of the technological tie-up with Austin in 1960, Nissan developed a new mid-size car and called it the (Model 30) Cedric. The name was taken from the hero of the English-born writer Burnett's famous book Little Lord Fauntleroy, who was well known throughout the world as a model of strength, justice and beauty. The aim was to inspire the same love in the car as that felt for Fauntleroy. The main characteristics of the Cedric were:
1) 4 vertically stacked easily distinguishable tail lamps
2) the largest interior space in the mid-size passenger vehicle class and well-laid out accessories
3) safety mechanisms such as a cone-shaped steering wheel and rubber padding on the instrument panel
4) servo brakes on both the front and rear wheels
5) wraparound windshield.
Like the Bluebird, the rear seats were widened by 40 mm after its release and the passenger capacity increased from 4 to 5, enabling small taxis to carry more people for the same price. In addition, the Nissan Cedric Custom (G30) was also released in 1960 in response to increasing demand from government agencies, as well as commercial and hire companies for larger and more luxurious vehicles. Its main characteristics were:
1) a newly designed 1883 cc, 88 ps engine
2) a 100 mm increase in total length, making it the largest car produced in Japan
3) equipment such as rear seat pillows, dedicated rear heater, and a passenger side vanity mirror.
It was eventually given a minor upgrade in 1962 and provided with 4 horizontally mounted headlamps.
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Storage location:NISSAN ZAMA MEMORIAL WAREHOUSE (2-5000, Hironodai, Zama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 228-0012)
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Year manufactured:1961
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Manufacturer:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:In storage: not open to the public
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Nissan Cedric (1900 Custom)
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Model name:Model G30
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Company name:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1961
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Vehicle type/usage:Passenger car
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Zama
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Model / Weight
Style:Sedan
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Number of doors:4
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Passenger capacity:6
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Vehicle weight:1,240 kg
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Body / Size
Structure:Unit body
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Bumpers:Steel
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Step:None
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Overall length:4510 mm
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Overall width:1680 mm
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Overall height:1510 mm
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Tire size:6.40-14-4P
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Monocoque
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Front axle:Wishbone, balljoint type
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Rear axle:Semifloating type
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Wheelbase:2630 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1338×1373 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:None
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Steering:Worm and roller type
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Dampers:Front/rear cylinder double-acting type
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Stabilizer:Front torsion bar type
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Driving stability devices:None
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Engine / Size / Power
Engine name:H type
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Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 4-cylinder
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Valve train:OHV
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Bore x stroke:85×83 mm
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Displacement:1883 cc
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Max. power/r.p.m.:88 ps/4800 rpm
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Max. torque/r.p.m.:15.6 kgm/3200 rpm
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Supercharger:None
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Variable ignition system:None
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Fuel tank capacity:44 L
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:4-speed column shifter
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Drive system:FR
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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Reference materials:1) "Nissan Jidosha 30 Nenshi", Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., 1965; 2) "Nihon No Meisha 100 Dai", Rippu Shobou
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