The first Datsun Sunny, exported as the Datsun 1000, was launched in September 1966 with two body styles, a two-door sedan (B10) and a van/station wagon (VB10). The Sunny was an all-new product built on a dedicated platform called the “B” series that benefited from Nissan’s production of small cars since before the war and combined engineering efforts from newly acquired Aichi Manufacturing.
These were available in both “Standard” and “Deluxe” version, featuring drum brakes, conventional leaf springs at the rear and wishbone type independent front end. The front end used a single transverse leaf spring. In Japan the car was sold at a dealership sales channel established just for the Sunny, called Nissan Satio Store.
The car featured a four-cylinder in-line engine, the A10, with a total displacement of 988 cc and a four-speed gearbox. The 1968 model, introduced in October 1967, added to the lineup the four-door sedan (B10) in both DeLuxe and Standard form. October 1968 saw the new 1969 models released with a new coupé (the KB10) added. Marketed as the “Sunny Coupe” in Japan, it was available in a wide variety of levels from “Standard”, to “GL” (Grand Luxe). The total horsepower in the 1968 model was claimed to be 62 hp (46 kW) at 6,000 rpm. The engine displacement was kept below 1.0-litre to keep it in the lowest Japanese road tax bracket and encourage sales.
The engine in the coupe had higher compression, a different Hitachi carburetor, and a dual outlet exhaust manifold. These changes increased its power output to 66 hp (49 kW); a 4 hp, or 6.5% increase over the lesser models. Unlike the sedans and wagons, the coupe was only ever made in right drive.
July 1969 saw the release of the slightly different (cosmetically) 1970 model year, which left the 1969 model year run at only nine months. No additional models were added, and production ceased in December 1969.
988cc A10 OHV L4 (In Line 4 Cylinder)
4-speed manual (all-synchromesh)
Wheelbase 2,280 mm (89.8 in)
Length 3,820 mm (150.4 in)
Width 1,445 mm (56.9 in)
Height 1,295 mm (51.0 in)
Curb weight 625–705 kg (1,378–1,554 lb)