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NISSAN - Austin (A50) - 1954
« em: 26 de Março de 2004, 21:19 »

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. entered into a technical tie-up with Britain's Austin and began producing the type of A40 Somerset in 1953. In 1954, the model under production was switched to the new A50 Cambridge model. Compared with contemporary Japanese-made cars, it was far more comfortable to ride, easier to drive, and become very popular.

(1) Model Year (2) Wheelbase (3) Engine (Reference: Length/Width/Height/Curb mass)  

The 1489cc 4-cylinder water-cooled OHV engine powering the Nissan Austin A50, and delivered 57 horsepower. The transmission was a 4-speed column shift and a hypoid gear was introduced for final drive. The front suspension was an independent double wishbone and the body was featured a monocoque design.  


The ambitious Mr. Kawamata, the force behind Nissans new union, and new management team, became the company's president in December 1957.

The 50's were a period of extreme growth and development for Nissan. Production numbers show part of the story. 1950: a total of 865 cars where produced, by 1955 that number was up over 7800. 1957 over 20,000, 1959 over 32,000, and by 1960 production had reached 66,000 cars, nearly 5000 of which where exported. Nissan got itself in good shape during the previous decade. It was now in a position to expand to new markets, which is exactly what it did.

Looks like every other Austin Cambridge doesn't it ! Look closer and you'll notice the rear vision mirrors (only the Japanese would put them up there) and those orange fog lights, look even closer and you'll see another feature Cambridges don't usually have, Build Quality ! Nissan built Austins under licence after the second World War. The Datsun version has a straight copy of the Austin 1498cc 4cyl. engine. After they stopped building Austins, Nissan's own cars started to look like Austins. They took the Austin engine designs and improved them dramatically. They looked similar but were much more efficient and more powerful thanks to better balancing and greater precision in their manufacture. (put a Cedric cylinder head on an MGB and you'll get an extra 5hp minimum)

Old Jap's never die...'cos some clotheads keep bodgin' 'em back together...

Edited by: Umtali at: 28/10/07 1:13
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