Datsun DC-3

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Datsun Sports DC-3
Datsun Sports DC3 001.JPG
  • 1952
  • 50 produced
AssemblyYokohama Plant, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Japan
DesignerYuichi Ōta
Body and chassis
ClassSports car
Body style2-door roadster
LayoutFR layout
RelatedDatsun 5147 Pickup
Engine860 cc D10 I4
Wheelbase2,150 mm (84.6 in)
Length3,150 mm (124.0 in)
Width1,360 mm (53.5 in)
Height1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Curb weight750 kg (1,653 lb)
PredecessorDatsun Road Star
SuccessorDatsun S211

The Datsun DC-3 was a lightweight automobile produced by Nissan and sold under the Datsun brand in 1952. The series was a predecessor to the Fairlady sports cars, and succeeded the pre-war Road Star. It was powered by the 860 cc Nissan D10 straight-four engine which produced 20 hp (15 kW) and could propel the DC-3 to 70 km/h (43 mph). The side badges read "Datsun 20" (20 meaning 20PS). Leaf springs were used in the suspension, and a three-speed manual transmission was specified. Four people could ride in the DC-3. Only 50 DC-3s were ever built; of these, 30 were sold (the remaining cars were converted back into trucks). A variant of the DC-3 was the Datsun 5147 pickup.


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