Navy vet buys first Datsun pickup in U.S.
If they could take that kind of pounding, he reasoned, how durable would they be on better U.S. roads?
McCutcheon would find out in 1958. The U.S. Navy veteran bought the first Datsun pickup sold in the United States. He persuaded dealer Ray Lemke of San Diego Datsun to sell him the first truck after following a hauler to the dealership.Lemke immediately regretted selling the truck because he had to wait another three months to get a display for his showroom, according to an account in author John Rae's Nissan/Datsun: A History of Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A., 1960-1980
McCutcheon's reasoning: “I had been over in Japan and I knew how rough their roads were and it figured if the trucks could take that kind of a beating, they must be something.”
McCutcheon paid $1,647 for the pickup. He drove it for seven years, sold it for $600 and bought another Datsun pickup. The only repairs to the first pickup: new radiator and heater hoses.
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