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Prince Motor Company

Postby Dattodevil » Wed May 27, 2009 10:40 pm

The spot was looking a little empty 8-)

The Prince Motor Company was in existence from 1952 until 1966 when it was merged with the Nissan Motor Company. In 1952 the Tachikawa Aircraft Company started production of the Tama Electric car. In 1955 Tachikawa changed it's name to the Prince Motor Company, in honor of the Emperor of Japan Crown Prince Hirohita, and from then on the cars were sold as Princes.

At the same time Prince stopped building electric cars and started building petrol powered cars. In the mid-60's the Japanese Government suggested a number of mergers of Japanese companies to create larger companies that would be better equipped to handle any hostile takeover attempts by foreign companies. Nissan and Prince took the government's advice, and in 1966 they merged. (At the same time Toyota merged with Hino and Daihatsu.) Most of the Prince models were kept in production, but from 1967 on they were sold as Nissans or Datsuns. The Prince division still operates independently inside Nissan and is responsible for the Skyline range, including the awesome GT-R.

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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby nzmax » Fri May 29, 2009 12:52 am

There seems to be a bit of confusion about the origins of the Prince Motor Company. The following is from a Prince brochure from March 1962.

The company was established in 1950 under the name of Fuji Precision Machinery Company Ltd, taking over the organisation and factories of the Nakajima Aircraft Manufacturing Company Ltd, manufactureres of the famous "Zero" fighter aeroplane, and converting the factories into the manufacture of peacetime products.

In 1951 the company brought out the first 1500cc automobile engine in Japan and in 1954 merged with the former Prince Motor Company Ltd.

The popular "Prince Skyline" sedan introduced in 1957 gained an enviable reputation for matchless quality among medium sized cars.

In all utility vehicles, such as the "Skyway", "New Miler" and "Clipper" since successively introduced, are also concentrated the most advanced engineering techniques essential in the designing and manufacture of aeroplanes.

In March 1961 the company's name was changed to Prince Motors Ltd.

Today the company occupies a leading position among automobile manufacturers in Japan and the current monthly output of 5000 units in inadequate to meet not only domestic, but also export requirements.

In order to satisfy these demans, a new extensive factory 1.5million square metres in area, will be completed during 1962, when a new line of passenger cars is expected to be added.


Im not sure what they refer to as the former Prince Motor Company Ltd, maybe its the Tachikawa Aircraft company refered to in the previous post, and found on numerous websites, but the dates dont match. The merger of Prince and Nissan took place in August 1966, with all vehicles still sold as Prince, until replaced with a new model, but with a discrete Nissan badge on the rear, although, the new models were not always badged as Nissan's, as I have seen pictures of C10 Skylines with Prince badges and also 1967 A30 Nissan Glorias still badged as Prince Gloria. I have a 1968 A30 Nissan Gloria brochure that shows the rocker cover, air cleaner housing and ignition keys with Prince written on them. It is even rumoured that the Laurel was originally designed by Prince but taken over by the Nissan engineers after the merger.
Current: 1962 Prince Skyline Deluxe, 1985 C32 Nissan Laurel 2.4GL 5spd.

Previous: 1965 Prince Gloria 6, 1985 C32 Nissan Laurel 3.0SGX V6 Hardtop, 1982 C31 Datsun Laurel 2.4 Hardtop, 1982 910 Datsun Bluebird 2.0, 1979 810 Datsun 180B.

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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby DylPhil7 » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:54 pm

haha i dont no what a prince is :oops:
some post up prince pics wood be cool lol

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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby 240znz » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:28 pm

Not many people relaise that Prince is still going, well sort of. Nissan merged them into the greater good but kept the division separate so that they could continue to develop special projects....i.e GTR.

Don't quote me though, somthing I read on CZCC a while ago.

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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby nzmax » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:42 am

7P The Orange Roughy wrote:haha i dont no what a prince is :oops:
some post up prince pics wood be cool lol


Prince still exists as the "Prince Motors Division of Nissan Motor Co" which were responsible for development of the Skyline to the present day.

1962 Prince Skyline
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1967 Prince Skyline GT-A (currently on Trademe) single carb inline 6, GT-B has triple weber carb inline 6. Also called Prince A200 for NZ market.
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1965 Prince Gloria 6. Also called Prince B200 for NZ market
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1967 Nissan Gloria (designed by Prince but released after the merger of Prince and Nissan in August 1966, so sold as a Nissan)
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All these models were sold new in New Zealand, along with their station wagon versions, and a number of Prince trucks models.
Current: 1962 Prince Skyline Deluxe, 1985 C32 Nissan Laurel 2.4GL 5spd.

Previous: 1965 Prince Gloria 6, 1985 C32 Nissan Laurel 3.0SGX V6 Hardtop, 1982 C31 Datsun Laurel 2.4 Hardtop, 1982 910 Datsun Bluebird 2.0, 1979 810 Datsun 180B.

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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby DylPhil7 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:14 am

thanks mate :) neva seen one of them drivin bout!

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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby Josh » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:36 am

You probably wont, All the ones I know of are tucked away in sheds or very rarely taken out.
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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby datsunboy » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:48 am

Theres a couple of B200's regularily driven in Chch
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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby Josh » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:11 pm

200s are pretty garden variety, true.

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This was a Concept car, yes?
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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby Dattochriswagon » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:48 pm

Veru George Barris custom looking there with the slanted twin headlight


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