4 x 4 Australia - - History -

NIS­SAN be­gan ex­port­ing the Pa­trol in the early 1960s. The first model to make it down un­der was the 60 Se­ries, which was pow­ered by the afore­men­tioned 4.0-litre six­cylin­der P en­gine.

With a sep­a­rate chas­sis and rel­a­tively ba­sic leaf-spring sus­pen­sion, the 60 Se­ries was sold in Aus­tralia in a num­ber of vari­ants, in­clud­ing the short-wheel­base soft-top 60, the K60 hard­top, and the long-wheel­base G60 in wagon and pick-up body styles. Early ex­am­ples of the 60 had a three-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and a two-speed trans­fer case; a four­speed man­ual was even­tu­ally in­tro­duced.

In 2012, Nis­san cel­e­brated the 50th an­niver­sary of what it claimed to be the first ve­hic­u­lar cross­ing of the Simp­son Desert. The ve­hi­cle used in that 1962 cross­ing was a G60 Pa­trol, and it was pi­loted by fa­mous ge­ol­o­gist and founder of South Aus­tralia’s Arka­roola Wilder­ness Sanc­tu­ary, Reg Sprigg. Sprigg was ac­com­pa­nied on the jour­ney by his wife Griselda and their chil­dren Doug and Marge.

The 60 Se­ries Pa­trol would see ac­tive duty for an im­pres­sive 20 years, and over that time it changed lit­tle, other than mi­nor up­dates to some body com­po­nents and the en­gine. By the time it was re­placed by the MQ Pa­trol in Septem­ber 1980, the 60 had cer­tainly reached its use-by date.

G60 Pa­trol be­came the first ve­hi­cle to cross the Simp­son Desert in 1962.

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