Saturday, December 12, 2015

Japanese Midsize: 1969 Nissan Prince Gloria

Chances are you've seen a few Nissan Glorias on the road in the past few years, but on this side of the Pacific they are badged as the Infiniti M45.  However, today's Gloria dates from back when a company named Prince had recently been merged with Nissan, bringing with it a large sedan.  Find this 1969 Nissan Prince Gloria offered for $11,000 in Milwaukee, WI via craigslist. Tip from SeanT.

The 3rd generation Gloria was sold from 1967 through 1971, so it lived in a time when the design/engineering/production work was done by the guys at Prince Motor Company, but it was technically sold as  Nissan.  It looks very similar to something you'd find at a mid-60s Ford dealer (and maybe some Cadillac too?) but features small 2 liter Japanese power.

Under the hood is a 2.0 liter pushrod overhead valve H20 inline-4 (the optional upgrade engine was also 2.0 liters, but an inline-6...strange stuff) that makes 99 horsepower and 123 ft-lbs of torque...and yes, it is H2O cooled.  Enjoy trying to learn to use a column shifter (for the 3-speed manual) that is located on the left side of the steering column...

See a cooler old hunk of Japanese steel?


  1. "Sic transit Gloria" - I am pretty sure that is Latin for "This Gloria is a sick ride, Dude!"

    But shouldn't that be a PrincESS Gloria?

  2. Yeah, that decade at which the Japanese auto industry was transitioning from emulating the British to emulating the Americans. That pretty much petered out (deservedly so) in the early '70s...

  3. This relatively big Japanese stuff is so cool. Very interesting

    1. Personally, I consider the big 283/327 late '60s Opel Diplomats even sweeter, and they're LHD, but good bloody luck finding one.

    2. A Kraut showroom with a '70s (the 5000lb kind) Lincoln Town Car?

      Suppose if you were planning an LSA swap then it wouldn't matter if you started with a six-pot Dip...

  4. This RambValNovaBelv mashup also provides the next "stance" craze for the JDM folks who seem willing to spend 10X the reasonable price because the Japanese were smart enough to know the car would not sell here back in the day. What is it about the psychological dynamic that causes people to buy hideous shit simply because no one else has it?

  5. This thing looks like a scaled down version of a 65 Ford Galaxie 500...


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