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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby nzmax » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:54 pm

SeEn-ThE_lIgHt wrote:200s are pretty garden variety, true.

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This was a Concept car, yes?

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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.

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?
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 Josh » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:19 am

(side note)
Holy crap!
I made a huge post in my lunchtime and then accidently closed the window, somehow half of it survived! YAY!
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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby nzmax » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:01 pm

SeEn-ThE_lIgHt wrote:(side note)
Holy crap!
I made a huge post in my lunchtime and then accidently closed the window, somehow half of it survived! YAY!


All your post survived on page 1, I just picked out a few pics to quote, so my post wasnt a mile long...lol
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 Josh » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:56 am

Its a miracle!
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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby 2 doors » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:04 pm

met a guy here in chch who has 5-6 prince vehicles, including 2 wagons, hes only round the corner from me, they are rusting away, and he wont sell, and doesnt seem too worried about preserving them either, but they are cool.
hopefully he may let me take a couple of pics, just as a teaser.

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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby dirtyleppa » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:34 pm

what a bastard :?
SeEn-ThE_lIgHt wrote:I dunno, always seem to be fiddling with it


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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby 2 doors » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:07 pm

nice guy, just one of those people who collect stuff knowing its probably worth something, and then will probably kick the bucket in many years and the kids will get the whole lot taken to the dump, its a crazy world aye, next time im talking to him ill find out exactly what he plans for them, Id love to make an offer of full body work on one in exchange for another.

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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby dirtyleppa » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:14 pm

good to hear it wal, keep us posted
SeEn-ThE_lIgHt wrote:I dunno, always seem to be fiddling with it


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Re: Prince Motor Company

Postby nzmax » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:23 pm

If its the guy im thinking of, are these wagons similar?

Write up about a 1963 Prince Skyway wagon, still in the wild, in the New Zealand Classic Car magazine. Some interesting reading, although some of the facts are a little incorrect.
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This is my 63 Skyway is a bit of a sad state :(
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A 1966 Prince B200 Estate. This used to belong to my parents during the 80's and early 90's. Said to be 1of 6 in NZ, but not to sure how accurate that is. Pic taken in the backyard of my parents house during the late 80's.
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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 pandasport » Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:14 pm

Hi all

any info on just how common a 1966 Prince b200 is? sedan and no not a gloria same as black one at the top of the page and blue one below it
I see someone above says they are garden variety?? i have never heard of them, let alone seen one in the flesh

I possibly have the option of buying one in very parked up condition... covered in bird sh!t and resonably tidy but a bit bigger and gruntier than my 410

it needs several items... anyone have spares for these?

is there a good website avail?


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