The first Nissan Sunny, exported as the Datsun 1000, was launched in September 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 car featured a 4-cylinder in-line engine – the A10 – with a total displacement of 988 cc and a 4-speed gearbox.
1968 model, introduced in October
1968 October The Sunny Truck was introduced and was the light commercial truck variation of the B10 passenger models. It was based on the VB10 Van chassis
1967 added to the lineup the four door sedan (B10) in both DeLuxe and Standard form.
1969 models released with a new coupé (the KB10) added. Marketed as a “Sunny Coupé” 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 and 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. The Australian Deluxe model came standard with many inclusions that were available only as options in the Japanese model.
Total horsepower in the 1968 model was claimed to be 62 hp (46 kW) at 6000 rpm.
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 (3 kW), or 6.5% increase over other models).
Unlike the other models, the coupe was only ever made in right drive.1000
Also known as in
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1000 Sunny 1000
Engine(s) 988 cc I4, 56 hp (Coupe: 60 hp)
Transmission(s) 4-speed manual all-synchromesh.
Wheelbase 2280 mm (89.8 in)
Length 3820 mm (150.4 in)
Width 1445 mm (56.9 in)
Height 1,295 mm (51 in)
Curb weight 625-705 kg (1380-1556 lb)
Fuel capacity 34 L (9.0 US gal; 7.5 imp gal)