The 1965/1966 Prince Gloria/B200 range, including the later 1967 Nissan Gloria, was probably the most common Prince sold here. They were even assembled here in Christchurch, by Steel Brothers Motor Assembly (now known as Steelbro that make truck decks and trailers) at what was to become the Toyota assembly plant in Buchanans Road. There was approximately 1600 Gloria/B200 models assembled here with a number of Japanese assembled sedans/wagons sold also. The Japanese assembled Skyline/A200 range were only sold here in very few numbers. The trend seems to be the opposite in Aussie with more Skylines (1965 on) sold there than Glorias. The NZ importers/Distributors were Croydon Motors who were located at 289 Cashel Street in Christchurch (the Sky TV building is 301 Cashel St, which im pretty sure were part of Croydon Motors offices). Croydon Motors were also the NZ importors/Distributors for Daimler and Borgward during the 1950's and 60's. The existing NZ sales and service agents they had for these cars, also become the sales and service agents for Prince cars.SeEn-ThE_lIgHt wrote:200s are pretty garden variety, true.
This was a Concept car, yes?
The price of a manual Gloria sedan in 1965 was 1588pounds (approx $3200) and was about 150pounds ($300) more expensive than a Ford Zodiac Automatic. We only got them in 1 trim level with 1988cc G7 OHC inline six motors (Japan and Aussie had the G11 2500cc engine as an option) with 3speed + overdrive manual trans. The 1967/1968 Nissan Gloria was sold in NZ through the existing Prince Dealer network and not by Nissan, as they were still sold through the Prince Motors Division of Nissan. Any other Nissan/Datsun product had to be bought through a Datsun Dealer. They were popular cars amongst farmers and were known for their comfortable ride and reliablility. 150,000+miles (240,000+km) wasnt unheard of before any motor work was required. Not a huge amount by todays standards, but was pretty good by 1960's standards.
The 1962 Prince Skyline Sport was actually available for sale in Japan. They were handmade in both convertible and coupe forms, but were very expensive so were only available for a short time. The knob marked "T" in the second to last Skyline sport pic is for a hand throttle. This was connected to the accelerator and held the vehicle speed to where ever you pulled it out to. This was common in the Japanese assembled Glorias here....maybe as an early form of cruise control?