Datsun originally built Austin 7s under licence, which first propelled Datsun’s international success. Datsun entered the American Market in 1958, first starting out in California before expanding to various places across the United States and began selling the 310 in 1958. For 1966, Datsun introduced the 1000 and in the same year merged with Prince Motors giving the company the Skyline model range . In 1967, the manufacturer introduced the 510, followed by the iconic 240Z a year later which provided an affordable, reliable sports car and was soon the world’s best selling car. While the Nissan name was used on several vehicles, this was only limited to high end models such as the Cedric but in 1983, the Datsun name was dropped and future models are branded as Nissans.