Datsun Laurel 2.4

The 4th generation of Laurel was introduced in Japan late 1980. Nissan was very proud of the European inspired design with its clean stretched lines. When the model arrived in the Dutch showrooms early ’81 as Datsun Laurel, one would find a modern car with a smooth running 6 cylinder engine and the so typical Japanese luxury. Variable intermittent wiper, electric windows and mirrors, reading lights, height adjustable steering wheel, radio and cassette player, all standard fitment. All this was not usually seen with European makes, not even in this upper class of cars.

In September 1981 Henk and Rie Meulenbelt visited Datsun dealer Kleyssen in Almelo to replace their Datsun 160B. The red Laurel in the showroom caught the eye, the ample 2.4 litre engine would have no problems with the caravan, so a deal was done. The Laurel performed faithful service year after year, meticulously maintained, always garaged and cherished by the owner. As time went by the still pristine Laurel started to stand out as a rare survivor and classic. Henk and Rie joined the Nippon Classic Cars register and were always present at the events organised by NCC. Even after the sad event of Rie passing away, Henk and the Laurel continued to be a familiar sight at the rally’s. Sadly at the age of 90, health problems meant Henk had to give up driving. We were honoured to be allowed to continue the care of the Laurel after 38 years and 308.000 km in his ownership.