In March 1948, Datsun introduced the Datsun DB series before the first time. It was the first modern-looking Japanese car new development since the Second World War and then settled in the upper middle class. By the end of 1954, the DB series was officially marketed from 1949 as the Datsun deLuxe, produced continually upgraded and replaced by the based on an Austin A50 Nissan Motors.
The Datsun DB appeared in 1948 with a modern aerodynamically designed style. Particularly stood out the split radiator grille and a continuous from the bonnet to the rear surround. The shoe was designed but limited by Datsun, because it was the DB basically a brazen robbery copy of the of 1947 Crosley CC. The U.S. carmaker Crosley Motors, founded by Powel Crosley in 1939, presented in 1947 a very distinctive styled new model with an unusual tailfin with beads which ran to the front and along the sides of the hood to the two grille apertures. It is not known when and how Datsun one or more models of the new Crosley CC obtained to copy the design. But it is likely that this thereby succeeded because after the end of World War II U.S. occupation troops were stationed in Japan yet and American vehicles imported. Although no Body parts 100 percent identical, it is obvious that the Datsun DB was a copy. The only significant difference was the design of the grill, the hood and the length of the windshield. This was shorter in the Datsun DB because a larger engine room was needed to accommodate the Datsun Type-7 petrol engine. In addition, the windshield had a rectangular shape with right-angled corners. This could Datsun less expensive Use flat glass. When Crosley CC, the glass edges were curved. The Datsun Type 7 engine came from the pre-war period. These were a 722cc 15hp side valve engine, which was installed in most models from Datsun 1935. In DB, the transmission of power with 3-speed manual transmission was made.
Although Powel Crosley Datsun let her know that he was not happy about the whole thing, he initiated no legal action. Reasons for this may have been that Crosley was with his own car company in serious financial trouble. Furthermore, there was no risk that the Datsun models outside of Japan came into the trade. Moreover, the U.S. occupation troops were keen to bring the Japanese economy back on track and probably also had an interest in that the Nissan Group does not unnecessary financial burdens received during the Konsilidierungsphase after the war. 1949 Datsun changed but the design of the DB something to make him look less like the Crosley CC, the Datsun DB-2.
The 1949 coming in trading DB-2 was technically unchanged from the DB. From now until the end of production in 1954, the model was marketed as the Datsun deLuxe. Now Datsun had changed the design while removing the tail fin with the reaching to the grille surrounds. The DB-2 instead had now a subtle crease through the center of the hood and a completely flat front. The grille was now in one piece with six thin horizontal bar and reached almost over the entire width of the car. In 1950, there was a slight change in the design of the radiator grille, which now had instead of six thin horizontal bar above five horizontal bars. The upper middle and lower beams were much thicker than before. About the grille of a holder for the number plate was now fixed. Besides the two-door sedan and a station wagon version of the DB-2 was built (Internal DW-2). As contemporary he had called American Woody Wagon wooden side panels. In the Nissan Group, this was still the only "Woody".
The Datsun deLuxe DB-4 replaced the previous 1951 DB-2. Now, the model was a four-door sedan. The DB-4 series had to have a slightly longer chassis than the DB-2 to make more room for the four-door body. The front remained unchanged, except for the grille, from the windscreen but everything was redesigned. This was now shaped differently and now had rounded edges. The rear window was relatively narrow, in the later DB-5 and DB-6 models, was wider designed and passed it around to the rear pillars. The grille was instead a set of chrome-plated horizontal bars of a steel grid printed in the same color paint as the body. Above the grille a wide chrome and a painted red stripe was now attached, between which the lettering was Datsun attached. In a large round D was attached. Furthermore, the 722cm ³ side valve engine was used, with now 16hp, and a 3-Gan-gSchaltgetriebe. In addition to the four-door sedan DB-4, there was again a station wagon version, now with five doors (Internal DW-4), as well as a 3-door vans on the basis of the combination as a van or with side windows.
1953 sparked the series DB-5 from the DB-4 models. The body and body styles remained the same. Changes were made to the area above the grille. On the DB-4, a table was here, between the headlights, fitted with a large round D emblem. When DB-5, this area now consisted of two square air intakes with the D-emblem in the center crossed by two horizontal chrome strips. However, the biggest change was the engine. The DB-5 received the first newly constructed Datsun engine since the war. However, the Datsun D-10 was essentially an enlarged version of the D-7th Also as a side-valve engine he had 8606nbsp;cc and made 25hp. The top speed increased to 78km/h The end of 1953, the rear window was enlarged enormously and the front side markers migrated from the fenders next to the air flap in front of the windshield to the A-pillars.
In 1954, the DB-6 series was introduced. Only the 4-door limousine version was now still available. The only difference was the DB-5 in the power transmission. Instead of a 4-speed manual 3-speed has now been installed. In December 1954, the production was discontinued in favor of an Austin-based engine.
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