1. DATSUN WON ITS FIRST RACE WAY BACK IN 1936
The All Japan Automobile Competition was Japan's first Motorsport series, so as a display of its emerging engineering prowess, Datsun entered a specially built racecar called the NL-75. Datsun threw everything it had at the NL-75. The open-wheeler used a supercharged DOHC engine, which was cutting-edge tech for the time. It went straight out and won the first race, thus kick-starting Nissan's illustrious motorsports history.
2. THE PULSAR GTI-R HAD A HIDDEN UMBRELLA
The Nissan Pulsar GTi-R was by most accounts a pretty nutty car - a 227 hp all-wheel-drive hatchback built for rally racing. But it had also had a very convenient secret. Hidden in the driver side door frame was a compartment that stored a full-size umbrella. The only other car I can think with a similar feature is the Rolls Royce Phantom, which has one in its gigantic door. Why don't all cars have this feature?!
3. YOU CAN STILL BUY A DATSUN, BUT YOU'LL HAVE TO GO TO INDIA
After laying dormant for 27 years, Nissan has revived that Datsun brand. The thing is, you probably won't be able to buy one, and even if you did, it probably wouldn't be worth the trouble. Nissan recently announced that it would begin building and selling low-cost cars in emerging markets under the Datsun name. The new Datsun Go is a slow, bare-bones, compact car that's only good for getting passengers from points A to B. So far, the Go has only gone on sale in India, but sales will soon expand to Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa.
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