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 Datsun Bluebird P510
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In 1967, the new model Bluebird (P510) was released under the catchphrase "a new car for a new era". The P510 was characterized by its long nose/short deck proportions, and its styling that used so-called "supersonic" lines that gave it a wedge-shaped sharp silhouette that evoked the form of a high-speed jet aircraft. It was also equipped with the following features:
1) Fresh styling without triangular windows
2) Newly designed OHC 72 hp engine
3) New strut type front independent suspension
4) New semi trailing type rear independent suspension
5) Curved door glass
6) New ventilation system
7) Safety equipment
A total of 14 variations were released at the same time: 8 basic vehicle types (2- and 4-door, deluxe, standard, 1600SSS, wagon, as well as standard and deluxe van versions) in addition to 2 taxi variations and 4 models equipped with torque converters. This was the first time in Japan that 14 versions of a car in this class had been offered from its launch. Subsequently, the number of variations continued to increase to accommodate the latest fashion for high-speed, long-distance drives as the road network spread throughout Japan, as well as to respond to diversification in customer requirements. As the Bluebird came to be offered in a wide range of variations, it took on a symbolic presence as the archetypal family car in Japan's post-war motorization. Its status as a historic car demarcated a clear period in Japan's automotive history. The car shown in this picture was the overall champion in the 18th East Africa Safari Rally in 1970. It won a clean sweep, taking the overall, class and team titles. The fame of the P510 also spread thanks to its role in the film made about the 17th Safari Rally, 5000 Kilometers to Glory, starring Ishihara Yujiro.
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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:1969
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Manufacturer:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Classification:Other
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Current status:In storage: not open to the public
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Datsun Bluebird (1600SSS)
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Model name:Model P510
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Company name:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1969
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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:5
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Vehicle weight:915 kg
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Body / Size
Structure:Unit body construction
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Bumpers:Steel
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Step:None
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Overall length:4120 mm
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Overall width:1560 mm
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Overall height:1400 mm
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Tire size:5.60-13 4P
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Unit body construction
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Front axle:Strut balljoint type
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Rear axle:Semifloating type
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Wheelbase:2420 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1280×1280 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:None
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Steering:Recirculating ball type
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Dampers:Front hydraulic double-acting cylinder, rear hydraulic double-acting cylinder
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Stabilizer:Front torsion bar type
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Engine / Size / Power
Engine name:L16 type
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Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 4-cylinder
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Valve train:OHC
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Carburetor:Twin side draft variable venturi
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Bore x stroke:83×73.7 mm
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Displacement:1595 cc
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Ignition system:Battery ignition coil type
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Max. power/r.p.m.:100 ps/6000 rpm
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Max. torque/r.p.m.:13.5 kgm/4000 rpm
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Supercharger:None
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Variable ignition system:None
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Fuel tank capacity:46 L
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:4-speed
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Drive system:FR
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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Reference materials:1) "Nissan Jidosha Shashi (1964-1973)", Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., 1975; 2) Nissan Jidosha Sabis Shuho, No. 138
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