Nissan Datsun B10 1000 (Datsun)1966 - 1970
Model: Datsun (1914 - 1980)
The first Nissan Sunny, exported as the Datsun 1000, was launched in 1966, with two body styles, a two-door sedan (B10) and a van/station wagon (VB10). These were available in both a "Standard" and "Deluxe" version, featuring drum brakes, conventional leaf springs at the rear and wishbone type independent front end. The front end used a single transverse leaf spring.
The 1968 model, introduced in October 1967 added to the lineup the four door sedan (B10) in both DeLuxe and Standard form. October 1968 saw the new '69 models released with a new coupe (the KB10) added. Marketed as a 'Sunny Coupe' in Japan, it was available in a wide variety of levels from Standard, to GL (ostensibly "Grande Luxe"). The range of factory options and accessories was by this time vast.
All of the other models got new grilles & larger tail lights, which now included reversing lights in the van/wagon model.
The only other country that seems to have received the coupe is Australia, where it was marketed as the 'Datsun 1000 Coupe'. It was well equipped, and was available only in the Deluxe level of trim. The Australian Deluxe model came standard with many inclusions that were available only as options in the Japanese model. The engine in the coupe had higher compression, a different Hitachi carburettor, and a dual outlet exhaust manifold. These changes increased its power output to 66 hp (a 4 hp increase over other models).
Unlike the other models, the coupe was only ever made in right drive.
July 1969 saw the release of the slightly different (cosmetically) 1970 models which left the 1969 model run at only nine months. No additional models were added, and production ceased in December 1969, cutting the 1970 model run at only six months..
The Sunny Truck debuted in October 1968 and was the light commercial truck variation of the B10 passenger models. It was based on the VB10 Van chassis, & is a body style which is correctly known as a Coupe Utility. This is known as a "Ute" in Australia and "Sunny Truck" in Japan.
Being a commercial model, these were only ever available in Standard trim. Everything you ever wanted in a car, it didn't have it, but this kept the price so low that just about every Butcher, Baker & Candlestick maker could afford one.
The B20 used the same wheelbase and running gear of the Datsun 1000 VB10 van.
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