The 60 series Nissan Patrol went into production in October 1960. In June
1980, just short of two decades later, the last 60 series rolled off the
production line. But even that wasn't the end of the 60 series, a mildly
modified version called the 61 series was sold alongside the new 160 Patrol
until well into 1984. In all that time the vehicle remained virtually identical
to the original 1960 model, with only one engine upgrade and a couple of
changes to the interior trim during the course of it's life.
The 60 series Patrol was a completely new design, and the
first time the Patrol had it's own distinctive look. Previous Patrols had
all been directly inspired by American Jeeps. The 60 series featured front
guards that were incorporated into the body, rather than appearing like
something that had been added later. The new broad and narrow front end
design gives the 60 a very bold and purposeful look.
The engine used in the 60 series was the same P series 3956cc OHV 6 cylinder
engine used the the previous 4W66 Patrol. Initially this engine produced
125hp, but changes to the compression ratio, carburettor and valve timing
in 1965 increased the output to 145hp. The previous Patrols all had their
electricals placed fairly low in the vehicle, and as a result they were
never particularly good at fording creeks and streams. All this was fixed
on the 60 series, and the brochures all drew attention the the fact that
they were more waterproof.
Initially the only model available was the standard 60 model,
which was the short wheelbase soft top version with the fold down windscreen.
In 1962 a SWB hard top was introduced as well as a medium wheelbase wagon.
In 1968 a pickup truck version was added, and in the early 1970s a long
wheelbase truck was also added.
The 60 series sold very well in Asia and Australia, but not
so well in the USA. The 60 was available in the States from 1961 until
it was withdrawn from sale in 1969 afer only about 4000 were sold there.
The 60 series Patrol was replaced in 1980 by the all new,
and thoroughly modern 160 series Patrol, also known as the Nissan Safari.
A sales brochure for the Nissan Patrol
Nissan Patrol 60 Specifications
Length - 3770mm
Width - 1693mm
Height - 1980mm
Wheelbase - 2200mm
Weight - 1540kg
Top speed - 120kph
Column change 3 speed
Model - P
Capacity - 3956cc
Bore & Stroke 86x114mm
Power - 125bhp@3400rpm
Compression - 7 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi VC-42-1
Final drive 4.1 : 1