1938 Nissan Model 70

By the 1930s, the Japanese government sought to increase self-sufficiency by challenging small manufacturers to further develop a domestic automotive industry. To create some of its first models, Nissan approached the American GrahamPaige Motor Car Company to purchase the tooling and designs for the Graham-Paige Crusader and the smaller Model 74 engine. Using these assets and plans, Nissan in 1937 introduced the Model 70, among the earliest offerings for the nascent industry and the first-ever Nissan-badged vehicle.

COURTESY OF NISSAN HERITAGE COLLECTION, JAPAN