The Complete Guide to Classic Datsun Cars and Trucks

1959 Datsun 115 Model

The Datsun 115 was in production from October 1958 through until July 1959. At the same time in 1958, the Datsun 211 sedan was also released. As with the previous model, the 115 was a low cost alternative to the Datsun 211. 
 The 115 continued to use the same old 860cc D-10 side valve engine that had been used in the previous model, though marginally improved and now pumping out 27hp. All other mechanical features of the car remained the same as the 114. The new 211 sedan features either the new 48hp E series 1189cc OHV engine or the 37hp C series engine from the 210. 
 It did feature a few other improvements over the 114 though. 
Most noticable was the new rear windscreen, which was significantly enlarged. On the 114 model the glass area was 34 inches wide and 11 inches tall, on the new 115 model the glass area is now 36 inches wide and 12 inches tall. The other big change is that the little bullet indicators that sat on top of the front guards on the 114 models have been deleted. 
The 115 now has small round indicators either side of the grille, a return to the original placement on the 1955 Datsun 110 model. 
 The main visual difference between the 1959 115 and 1959 211 is the grille. The 115 continues to use the same shallow grille as the 114, the 211 has a taller grille with eight very narrow horizontal bars. The 211 has full length stainless steel strips along the side of the car, and the 115 has no side strips. The 115 uses the same badges as the 114, the 211 badges say either Datsun 1200 or Datsun 1000.


1959 Datsun 115     
Length - 3860mm   
Width - 1466mm   
Height - 1540mm   
Wheelbase - 2220mm   
Weight - 880kg   
Top speed - 85kph 

Transmission - Column change 4 speed

Engine Specifications 
OHV 4 Cylinder  
Model - B-1   
Capacity - 860cc   
Bore & Stroke 60x76mm   
Power - 27hp@4000rpm   
Torque- unknown   
Compression - unknown   
Carburettor - unknown type single throat downdraught 

Final drive - 6.43:1


Model Variations
Datsun 115 
The standard sedan was the only version of the 115 available.
Datsun 125 
A range of small commercial vehicles based on the Datsun 114 sedan were also produced at the same time. This range of vehicles, called the 125 series, included a pickup truck and a light van. More information about these vehicles can be found in the Datsun 125 section.
Datsun 211 
The Datsun 115 was a lower specification version of the Datsun 211, which was produced at the same time. More information about this vehicle can be found on the Datsun 211 apge. 

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