In December 1957, Nissan Motors introduced its light commercial truck as the Nissan Caball. The Caball was offered in Japan, Hong Kong, South East Asian countries, Australia, New Zealand, and certain European countries. The production of Caball came to an end in December 1981 and the new Nissan Atlas took the place of Caball in the Japanese domestic market and Cabster in the export market. Nissan Caball was 2-4 ton truck.
First Generation (C40)
The first generation C40 Caball was introduced in December 1957. Originally, the Nissan Junior Caball started out as a cab-over version of the B4-series Nissan Junior. Hence, the Junior Caball received the same 1.5-L (1489 cc) ‘1H’ 4-cylinder engine found in Nissan Junior. The engine was capable of producing 50 PS (37 kW) at 4400 rpm. The C42 version was introduced in August 1958 capable of generating 57 PS (42 kW).
Second Generation (C140)
The second generation Caball (C140) was launched in April 1960. It remained in production for almost six years before it was replaced by third generation C240 Caball August 1966. It was powered by an all-new 1.5-L G-series engine also used in Cedric. The engine developed 71 PS (52 kW) at 5000 rpm. For second generation Caball, a bus version called the Echo (GC140) was also introduced. The export of Caball began with this second generation and gained much popularity in Australia and Central American markets. VC140 (van) and KC140 (microbus) were also introduced.
The C141 Caball was launched in 1962 for which the ‘Junior’ tag was dropped from the name and it was named simply as Nissan Caball. In addition to the 1.5-L G-series engine, the 1883 cc H engine became the mainstream engine, producing 85 PS (63 kW). The Caball received major changes in 1963 when the front sheetmetal was dropped and it received a ‘droopy-eyed’ look. During the second generation period, the QC141 version was also released with 2164 cc SD22 diesel engine developing 70 PS (51 kW). The new 1982 cc H20 engine generating 99 hp (74 kW) took over the two previously offered petrol engines. C143 was the last in this generation in which the doors were fixed at the rear side.
Third Generation (C240)
The third generation Caball (C240) was unleashed by Nissan in August 1966. During the same time, the bus version ‘Echo’ was also revised and got the chassis code as GC240.
Fourth Generation (C340)
In May 1976, the fourth generation of the Caball (C340) was launched. The fourth generation Caball was also sold in some markets as Nissan Clipper as a result of Nissan’s taking over of the Prince Motor Company. Although, the C340 utilized the cab and chassis of the previous generation C240, it came with distinctive front treatment. It was also slightly longer than the preceding C240.