1963 Datsun P312 Bluebird 1200 Deluxe

The Datsun Bluebird was a series of compact cars manufactured by the Japanese automaker Datsun from 1955 to 2006. The Bluebird was a highly successful model for Datsun and served as the basis for many of the brand’s other models. The first generation of the Bluebird was introduced in 1955 and was powered by a 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It was popular in Japan, but was not sold in North America until the late 1950s. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Bluebird continued to evolve and grow in size and power. The second generation, introduced in 1963, featured a new 1.2-liter engine and was available in a variety of body styles, including a wagon, a sedan, and a coupe. The third generation, introduced in 1968, was even larger than its predecessor and included a range of engines up to 2.1 liters. It was sold as the Datsun 510 in North America and was a popular import car. By the 1980s, the Bluebird had become a mid-size car and was sold under a variety of different names around the world, including the Nissan Stanza and the Nissan Altima. The Bluebird was discontinued in 2006, ending a long and successful run for one of Datsun’s most iconic models.

Photos taken at the Fukuyama Auto & Clock Museum.

By John Scott

I was born at a very young age.

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