"Damn good car," I thought.
Months later, I rode a Tokyo taxi, perhaps a new Datsun 410, though the trip was less scary because traffic was so thick the driver couldn't speed. It seems I have a soft spot for Datsuns from the time I was in the Army in the Far East.
The Wikipedia entry on the Datsun Bluebird (its name in Japan) line is here. It mentions the change from the Datsun name (a contrived one -- no meaning in Japanese) to Nissan, a change that displeased me. I dislike the name Nissan because I find it harder to pronounce than Datsun. Besides, it has a weak sound to it, whereas Datsun has spark when spoken.
As for the styling of those early-1960s Bluebirds, it was neat and practical. I think the 410, produced starting in 1964, was the better-looking car.