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Datsun 411 Bluebirds are charming cars, full of character and they possess a real nostalgic feel. I’ve only ever owned one which I imported from Finland and it’s unlikely I’ll have another as they were never sold in the UK. It’s a pity as this video really makes me wish I’d kept mine. I love the noises this car makes…

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Nissan’s Type 70 arrived on the Japanese car market in 1937 and was quite a departure for the company as it was considerably bigger and more luxurious than anything they had previously sold. Clearly they were pretty proud of this new car and produced this charming silent film, which remarkably for 1937, was in colour!

Of course the Type 70 wasn’t actually a Nissan designed car at all…

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Followers of the Japanese Nostalgic Car blog will no doubt have seen some of Luxe37‘s awesome animations on YouTube but I recently noticed he’d added a few more vids. The action is centred around a series of animated car chases, shot stop motion style using an assortment of toy cars, mainly Tomica plus a few large trucks (made by Shinsei?), all of which are based on classic Japanese cars. Vintage Datsuns, Toyotas and Mazdas abound! The way these are put together and the clever use of sound affects is just great and they get better with each progressive chapter. I’ve gathered together all eleven parts after the jump. Enjoy!….

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These days we take it for granted that a 25mph shunt in a modern car would be not only survivable but unlikely to even inflict any injuries at all. Not so in the late 1960’s. Back in an era when the use of seatbelts wasn’t universal and crumple zones were but a glimmer in the designers imagination, even a relatively low speed crash could put passengers at great risk of injury and even death. Manufacturers at this time had started their research into making passenger cars safer as the first film below shows. Although the speed of the test of Datsun Bluebirds is quite low at just 40kmh (24mph) the scenario is actually quite realistic. It’s clear to see that whilst the cars remain relatively intact, the lack of any energy absorbing made for a rough ride to the crash test dummies! Films after the jump…

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Technically minded British TV viewers were provided a rare treat back in 1988 in the form of the wonderful series created by Tim Hunkin, “The Secret Life of Machines”. The first series delved into the theory and working of a variety of everyday household appliances but car nuts had to wait until series two, shown in 1991, when they were treated to not only a program on the car itself but another on the internal combustion engine. Tim Hunkin, aided by Rex Garrod explain through a series of brilliant home made experiments and hand drawn cartoons the inner workings of the motor car, in a manner which is not only understandable by the novice but is equally entertaining for the hands on enthusiast.

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