The President Series
Ever notice how countries that don't have a Luxury car marquee seem to import
Mercedes or Cadillacs to fill the role as the "State" car? The
President was Nissan's first answer to this dilemna. A big 4 door sedan with
lots of chrome and conservative styling, the President is pretty much the
Cadillac of Japan.
The first President version was inaugurated in February 1963 as the 50 or H50
series. This big sedan, 4855mm long by 1690mm wide, was powered by a 2825cc
overhead valve inline six that produced 115 Horsepower. This version continued
in production until late 1965.
1965 President D 4000
The second President series, the H150, came onto the market in September 1965.
This time there were 2 engine choices, a 2974cc inline 6 H30 engine in the
President A sedan, or a big American looking pushrod V8 Y40 engine(3988cc) that
produced 195 HP in the President D. The V8 powered car was dubbed the President
4000. A revised version was added in September 1971.
1971 President D
1973 H250 Series
The first true restyling of the President came with the launch of the 3rd
series in August 1973. The new 250. Models now included the previous Y40 V8 in
the A, as well as a new Y44 4414cc monster V8 that created 2000hp, and featured
an EGR system in the D model. At least 3 of these cars were imported to the USA
for use by Nissan execs in California.
The new NAPS technology, or Nissan Anti Pollution System, was introduced to the
President line in April 1975. The Line was now the H250, followed by the H251
in July 1976, and the H252 in August 1977. It should be noted that no major
body restyling of the President series was done between the the launch of the
250 series in 1973 and the early 80's. BY 1977 there were actually 9 levels of
choice in the D sedan line up. The President Sovereign became the top of the
line model in 1978.
There was another car that shared a lot of the technology of the president, a
Limo called the Prince Royal, a car specailly built by Nissan for Japan's
imperial family. Very few of the Prince Royals have been manufactured,
and as far as I know, none were ever offered to the public.