1937 Datsun Model 16 Coupe

With US automakers monopolizing their home market, Japan’s government passed legislation during the 1930s to encourage domestic car production and reduce foreign competition. The DAT Corporation (later Datsun) took advantage of the new laws and began producing passenger cars. Implementing Ford’s moving assembly line on a smaller scale, DAT became Japan’s first manufacturer to mass-produce cars on conveyor belts.