Nissan Clipper

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The Nissan Clipper nameplate has been used for two separate commercial vehicle ranges. Originally this was just a relabelled version of Prince's "Clipper" light/medium duty commercial vehicle range. In 2003 the nameplate was revived for a relabelled version of the Mitsubishi Minicab, a Kei truck provided in an OEM deal.

Prince Clipper[edit]

This had begun with the AKTG Prince Cabover truck of May 1954, with the Clipper label first introduced on the 1.5-litre AQTI series of October 1958.[1] The Clipper featured a distinct frontal treatment, with six oval openings for cooling. In February 1961, the BQTI "Super Clipper" with a larger 1.9-litre engine was added to the lineup. In January 1963 the modified T630/T631 Clipper/Super Clipper was introduced, featuring quadruple headlights. Engines remained the same as before, albeit with a bit more power: a 73 PS (54 kW) 1,484 cc four for the T630 and a 1,862 cc unit with 96 PS (71 kW) for the T631 Super Clipper.[2]

In April 1966, following the merger of Nissan and Prince's operations, the truck was renamed Nissan Prince Clipper (T65). Again, the front treatment was unusual; the front featured four large chrome-ringed ovals, two of which were for cooling and two held the lights. The T65 also received a 1,982 cc Nissan H20 four-cylinder petrol engine.[2] In January 1973 the new T40 series replaced the T631, but it was short-lived. The next (and last) generation Clipper was the C340 of May 1976, but this was merely a rebadged Nissan Caball. The line came to an end in December 1981, when Nissan's commercial truck range was rationalized. The H40 Nissan Atlas replaced both the Clipper and the Caball.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Nissan Prince Clipper T65 (1966-1972)
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Nissan Clipper Truck U71T (2003-current)
Further information: Mitsubishi Minicab
 
Nissan NV100 Clipper (2011-current)
Further information: Mitsubishi Minicab
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nissan Fact File 2004-2005". Nissan. 2005. pp. 26–27. 
  2. ^ a b Bent, Alan. "Prince Trucks and commercial vehicles from the Prince Motor Company". Earlydatsun.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10.