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All posts for the month November, 2007

There could possibly be a must have item for anyone with a passion for the Datsun 1200 coupe (KB110). Pit-Road have created these awesome die-cast 1/24 scale Sunny coupes, in both stock road going guise and as miniatures of the famous Advan and Marusen Japanese race cars. All the models feature opening doors, bonnets and bootlids and the road going ones even come with a a set of figures depicting a 1970’s family! Pit-road have previously created a 1/24 plastic model kit of the Marusen Sunny based on a Doyusha kit and several 1/43 scale models in both resin and die-cast, but to my knowledge, this is the first time this car has been done at such a large scale in die-cast metal.

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This has been mentioned on a couple of other blogs and forums but just in case any of you missed it, here’s some great news! Creators of the popular Japanese Nostalgic Car forums are moving into the world of publishing from next spring with the launch of their very own quarterly magazine. Hopefully with the huge growth in interest in vinatge Japanese machinery, this is going to be a great sucess. Here’s what they have to say about it…

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The day has finally arrived! I am now the proud owner of one of Nissan’s more curious efforts from the 1980’s, a Nissan Cherry Europe. Not just a Europe, but the uber rare GTi version! Why curious? Well, for those not familiar with this beast, it’s the ill fated product of a bizarre collaboration between Nissan and Alfa Romeo of Italy which gave birth to the Alfa Romeo ARNA, a car which was supposed to fill the gap in the their range for a small car left by the outgoing Alfasud and save the company from financial disaster. It didn’t.

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OMG! What’s this? RatDat.com is back online and it’s gone all 21st century!

Yes, I’ve joined the blog generation. Why? Well, it seems like a better way to add content, especially when I’ve something to add but it’s too small to warrent writing an HTML page for. Plus it gives readers a chance to comment, ¬†give their own opinions and maybe add their own knowledge to various topics. I also figured I would vary the content a little and broaden the scope of the site to include stuff about some of the other cars I own, other than Datsuns. I figure most people into Datsuns will have an apreciation for other Japanese marques too.

Obviously, this place is a little light on content compared to before but fear not, give me a few weeks and it’ll be bursting at the seams with interesting stuff!

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“Datsun made Austin 7’s under licence”

I don’t know how many times I have heard this one but it’s certainly very common. I’ve read it in the media countless times and even heard it from Datsun enthusiasts on numerous occasions. It is however, quite untrue! So where could it have come from? Somewhere along the line, somebody got things mixed up and this myth has existed ever since. I have a couple of theories that may shed a little light on it.

First, a little background. The first DAT vehicles were designed by Hashimoto Masujiro around 1913-1914 but the first Datsun (or Datson as it was initially known) of 1931 was the work of Goto Takashi, who later became a managing director of Nissan. This was the Type 10 which was replaced by the Type 11 as a production model. The Type 14 which replaced it was a development of this original car. The Type 11 maybe did bear a passing resemblence to the Austin 7 but then so did most small cars of the period.

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