Articles tagged SHOTARO KOBAYASHI

Page 103 of April 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 103, April 1978

Datsun origins

Sir, I read Mr. Ken Cooke's letter (The Datsun "Seven" in December issue) with great interest, and I thought it is high time now to shatter a long-standing misbelief as to the origin of the pre-war Datsuns. A lot of people, especially in England, including well-known historians seem to believe that the original Datsun of the Thirties was a copy of the Austin Seven or built under licence from...

Page 64 of December 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, December 1977

The datsun "Seven"

Sir, I was interested in the letter by Shotaro Kobayashi in the October Motor Sport. The tyres he mentioned could well he useful to some of our members but my interest is aroused by his mention of the Datsun "Seven" of the 30s. We have recently conducted an "enquiry" in the pages of the 750 Bulletin on the origins of the Datsun. Surveying the already published material the majority of writers...

Page 50 of August 1976 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, August 1976

An MG K3 in Tokio

Sir, A historic MG K3 Magnette was rescued from a long hibernation in a damp shed recently by an enthusiast in Tokio and the formidable job of restoring her has already started. The car (chassis no. K3751, engine No. EXX3, and British Registration no. JB 1046) is the No. 1 of the two prototypes built in 1932-33. The first Japanese owner is Baron Motoharu Kobayakawa who imported her into Japan in...

Page 49 of October 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, October 1977

New 4.00-16 Tyres for Pre-war Datsuns

Sir, All the pre-war Datsuns built between 1932 and 1945 were shod with 4.00-16 tyres, which is a very peculiar size and could be even unique in the tyre history. As far as I casually checked the nearest thing seems the 4.75-16 used on the export model of Austin Seven during 1936 and '38, for example. As the production of this size had long ceased, those owners of the pre-war Datsuns in Japan...

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