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Nissan 1400 Pickup

Broadcast date : 6th August 2006

Nissanís amazing half-ton bakkie has been with us since the early 1970s - even earlier if you count the slightly different-looking 1000 cc version which was known as the Sunny.

In this basic shape it came out as a pick-up version of the Datsun 1200, and soon gained a reputation as a tough workhorse with astounding performance.

It had rear-wheel-drive, as almost all pick-ups did in those days, and an engine based pretty much on the old Austin A series engine, but refined and case-hardened in true Japanese fashion.

Itís testimony to that basic design that the same body-panels, first manufactured in 1971, are still with us today, although that may be changing soon.

Sales of Opelís Corsa and the Ford Bantam are really hurting Nissanís marketing people and their sales executives on the showroom floor.

Back in 1971 farmers had an even harder time, as the cabin was smaller. A new, high-roofed version made its appearance in the late 1980ís.

But the cabin appointments remained bare-boned basic.

That small steering wheel is a far cry from the much bigger plastic item of yore, but all this fancy padding has had the effect of reducing the interior space once again.

Itís that very basic spec, complete with quarter-vent windows, that makes the Nissan 1400 pick-up so attractive to many people.

If you own a small business and you want a bakkie that is simply unbreakable, this is the one for you Ė mainly because thereís practically nothing to break.

As for spares, supplies should last until about 2050 even when production ends in the not-too distant future. Oh yes, and it still goes like the clappers.

Nissan 1400 Pickup
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 1 397 cc
  • Power: 47 kW @ 6 000 rpm
  • Torque: 97 Nm @ 2 500 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 13,7 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 152 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 10,5 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R70 740
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