| The C240 Nissan Caball went into production
in August 1966 and went on sale the next year as a 1967 model.
In hindsight, it is hard to believe
that the previous C142 Caball was kept in production for so long. I absloutely
love the old C142 model, but the reality was that by 1966 the old girl
was incredibly old fashioned, it's old school rear hinged doors and bulbous
looks belonged in the 1950s, and not at a time that was heading for the
1970s. The C142 was fianlly replaced by the thoroughly modern C240 series
Caball in 1967, and it had an instant impact on Nissan's mid sized truck
sales as the C240 sold in vastly greater quantities than the old model.
The new truck had a more contempoary
look, at the time quad headlights were the height of fashion on cars, and
Nissan included them on the truck as well. Conventional front hinged doors
were a welcome addition to the Caball for the first time, and they opened
into a modern and comfortable cabin. The C240 was the first Caball designed
with six foot tall beer-bellied Westerners in mind, and it was the first
Caball that was a comfortable fit for most non-Asian bodies. The cabin
also featured flow-through ventilation for the first time.
Mechanically the C240 is very similar
to the C142 model, which was fitted with the H20 1982cc 4 cylinder OHV
engine which produced 99hp at 5000rpm. The other engine option was the
SD22 diesel engine.
The first version of the C240 had a
grille with 4 rows of horizontal slots. The second model, which came out
in 1969 had a different grille with one large horizontal slot top and bottom,
and a set of three slots in the middle between the indicators.
The badge on the front of the C240
consists of a gigantic wings shaped device with a huge N in the middle
and Caball in smaller writing under the N. The other badges are rather
cryptic, with either a G4 or D4 badge on the passenger side just above
the headlight. Petrol powered (gasoline) Caballs have the G4 badge and
Diesel powered ones have the D4 badge.
The C240 stayed in production until
it was replaced in May 1976 by the all new Nissan Caball C340.
A sales brochure for the Nissan Caball C240
Nissan Caball C240 Specifications
Length - 4690mm
Width - 1690mm
Height - 1990mm
Wheelbase - 2500mm
Weight - 1520kg
Top speed - 110kph
Transmission - 4 speed Column
OHV 4 Cylinder
Model - H20
Capacity - 1982cc
Bore & Stroke - 87x83mm
Power - 99bhp@5000rpm
Final Drive - unknown