Saturday, March 29, 2008

Nissan Motors Musical Box

Here on the sunny isles of Trinidad and Tobago, owning a motor car is as indispensable as food to survive, you need one to drive to the grocery store two walking blocks away. Not long ago, buying a car was a task, and the waiting period for costumers took several months. One of the popular car companies franchised here was and still is, the Japanese manufacturer, Datsun / Nissan. Cars were locally assembled and build to withstand our tropical climate, far in comparison with the quality of roll on roll off used Japanese cars sold on the market today.

There are a few classic Datsun 120Ys putting along the roads today. By observation, the weight of five passengers crammed in the backseat caused the bonnet to tilt upwards and the car looked as if would take off further down the road. The youth behind the wheel would have his Pioneer tape deck and equalizer stacked just beneath the dashboard, and his two large original Sharp stereo speaker boxes mounted at the back port. The bumpers would be lacquered over using two aerosol cans of black paint and a pin coloured strip would run along the sides of the car.

To promote the cars, the company had an array of memorabilia; From key chains, envelope openers and a golden cast replica of the model in production. The Nissan Motors marketing team came up with a multi-functional object, a musical box astray as a Cedric 280E, known in Trinidad as a 260c and a Datsun Bluebird.


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