Nissan’s Austins

So time and time again I’ve head the tale: the Japanese copied the British designs, improved them and that’s where their thriving industry started.

And to a certain extent it’s true, except they did so with permission from the rights holders in Britain.

On a recent trip to Japan, we visit the Nissan Heritage collection in Zama, Japan and were pleased to see the Austins that Nissan used as a basis for their Prince line which is still produced by Toyota to this day for Tokyo’s taxi system.

Included is a Austin A40 Somerset Saloon and two Austin A50 Cambridge Saloons which became the Prince Sedan and Price Bluebird 1200 respectively.

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