Jul 24, 2017

Pig's Ass... a C130 Nissan Laurel in the Wild.

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Pig's Ass...

A C130 Nissan Laurel in the Wild

by Dustin Mankin

I've been going through some old folders while I've been gone.... FOREVER, I know. And I came across some photos that I snapped from when I first came to Japan.

This article was just named "Kyusha!!!" for a while, because I (ashamedly) had no idea what it was, at first. But a quick ID from friend and awesome YouTuber, Daniel from Wasabi Cars, and we now have a title. I also found out from Wikipedia that this car is known as the "Butaketsu" Laurel, because of it's lovely lady lumps of a rear end.

Why  "Butaketsu?" Buta means pig in Japanese, and ketsu means ass. As I mentioned above, it's rather large rear quarter and rear area helped it earn that name. I really enjoy learning about all the Japanese nicknames of cars, and it really gives you an air of credibility when you are talking with other Japanese car enthusiasts.

If you'd like to read a little more about the C130 Laurel, my awesome Wikipedia cut and paste skills may help, and below that is a video from Wasabi Cars featuring the SAME car. If you haven't ever visited his YouTube, I highly recommend it! www.youtube.com/wasabicars .... and while you are in the YouTube mood, why not swing by mine at youtube.com/exitevideomagazine, if you haven't already?

From Wikipedia:

 In April 1972 the second Laurel generation appeared, again in four-door saloon and two-door hardtop coupé form affectionately known as the Butaketsu Laurel ("pig's butt") because of its ample rear quarter panels and tail section, with the taillights incorporated into the rear bumper. The saloon now was endowed with a rear beam axle and leaf springs, while the coupé clung to independent rear suspension. In addition to the 1.8 and 2.0 L four-cylinder engines, a 2.0 L inline-six was now available, joined, from October, 1973, by a 2.6 L six; the latter was replaced by a 2.8 L six in late 1975. The G-20 4-cylinder and L20 six-cylinder engines were equipped with SU twin carburetors but were eliminated February 1976 due to emission regulations.
The styling of the coupe appears to be influenced by the 1970 Ford Torino and the 1971 Mercury Cougar, reflecting a popular styling trend during the 1960s and 1970s called "coke bottle". Sales in Japan (very few were exported) ran to about 96,000 per year, with three-quarters sedans.[3] The Toyota competitor was the Mark II coupé and sedan.

Datsun 200L sedan (Europe)
Engines available at the time were the four-cylinder 1815 cc G18 and 1990 cc G20, and the six-cylinder 1998 cc L20. Both the G20 and L20 were available with twin SU carburettors as an option. However, only the G20 equipped cars outwardly announced this with a “Twin Carburettor 2000GX” badge.
In October 1973 the first Laurel with the 2565 cc L26 six-cylinder engine was added and badged as “2600SGL”. Since the engine was over two litres, it was not restrained by the size limits imposed by Japanese regulations, and therefore it was fitted with bigger bumpers than regular Laurels. The installation of the 2.6-litre engine in Japanese models helped identify this generation as a luxury car, as the larger engine obligated Japanese drivers to pay higher amounts of annual road tax.
In September 1975, in order to meet the new emissions regulations for that year, the L26 was replaced by the larger yet 2753 cc L28 six-cylinder. By October the carburettors in the L20 were replaced with electronic fuel injection and the engine was now dubbed L20E. Because of the difficulty in meeting the emissions regulations, the twin-carburetted engines were all discontinued. The 1,770 cc L18 replaced the G18 in the lineup.
In February 1976 carburetted 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre engines which met the 1976 emissions regulations were introduced, and were identified with the Nissan NAPS badge.

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