I recently acquired a short Datsun UK press release relating to the NRVII (Nissan Research Vehicle II) from 1983 which lead me to take a closer look at this concept. This car was a pretty advanced project for its time which featured all sorts of technology that today is commonplace such as a navigation system, automatic lights and wipers, tyre pressure warning as well adaptive cruise control. Based on a B11 Sunny (Sentra), the RVII ran a methanol powered turbocharged 1.3 (E13 engine) which put out 120bhp. Along with the weight savings (over an already light car!) afforded by the use of plastics for things like the windows, fuel tank and even the wheels, this must have been a pretty lively performer!
I did make mention of this van some time ago and it has occasionally sneaked into frame in pictures I have posted so I thought I’d post up some better pics of it. A friend in France bought this 1982 Peugeot J9 and came over in it back in February. He left it here for me to register and sell on his behalf. Having made some use of it recently, I think it’s a brilliant vehicle… it’s much like a French version of the old Commer PB or Spacevan, only much better!
So, here’s the reason I have been a little tied up this last month. After a night of very high winds at the end of last month, I awoke to find a large section of the roof of my workshop lying in the yard! I guess it’s fortunate that the damage was as limited as shown here, although one sheet did hit the side of our Alfa 156 putting some big scratches and a dent in the rear quarter.
I had intended to re-roof and extend my workshop this year anyway but hadn’t planned on doing it yet, however it seemed mother nature had other ideas. So, after clearing up the debris and making some temporary repairs to ensure the rest of the sheets stayed put, I sat down to draw up some plans…
OK, so there has been another long gap between posts but I shall explain why shortly. There has also not been much work done on my Datsuns in the last month but I still seem to keep accruing Datsun stuff regardless. I was particularly excited to find this old Datsun technical poster on eBay. This lovely transmission cutaway illustration is part of a set of large posters which detail various technical aspects, in this case of the 330 series Cedric. Presumably Nissan made these sets of posters featuring other models, although to date I have only ever see one other set and they were for a C30 Laurel. The reason why this was such a fantastic find is it was the only poster missing from a set which I have owned for a number of years!
Naturally, the artwork on these posters dates from an era before digital rendering and were done by hand with a combination of airbrush and painting making them real works of art created by very a talented technical artist. Eventually, I hope to be able to display these in my garage but I have a way to go yet before I have a garage worthy of them! I dug the rest of the set out and snapped some pictures of them so click through to have a look…