THE EARLY YEARS
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.