THE EARLY YEARS

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THE Nis­san Pa­trol has a long and proud his­tory, with pro­duc­tion of the first gen­er­a­tion of this leg­endary off-roader kick­ing off in 1951, the same year Toy­ota be­gan pro­duc­ing the Land Cruiser.

Called the 4W Se­ries, th­ese early Nis­san off-road­ers (4W60) looked very sim­i­lar to a Willys Jeep and were only sold in Ja­pan. This model was up­dated in 1955 with the in­tro­duc­tion of the 4W61, but it wasn’t un­til the re­lease of the 4W65/4W66 vari­ants in 1958 that the ve­hi­cle first wore Pa­trol badges on its bon­net.

A year later, the 3956cc Nis­san P en­gine was in­tro­duced. This donk would even­tu­ally power the 4W’s suc­ces­sor, the 60 Se­ries, which would be the first Pa­trol of­fi­cially sold in Aus­tralia.

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