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.