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Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby Tekno » Thu Mar 24, 2022 3:26 pm

Hi all. New here. Just trying to get some information on why my 1965 410 bluebird has what looks like a Peugeot symbol in its keys? What significance has it?

I’ll try and post a photo.

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby Rogue One » Thu Mar 31, 2022 5:26 pm

Nice car. Unusual keys. Hopefully someone has some info on them.

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby Tekno » Thu Mar 31, 2022 5:44 pm

Thank you.
I’m sure curious as to why it looks like a Peugeot symbol? May not be. Dunno

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby VStar650CL » Thu Mar 31, 2022 6:11 pm

For reasons I don't know the history of, some '60's Fairladys and other roadsters came with a "griffin" on the key from the factory. If I recall, some also had it on the floor mats. The Griffin of mythology had the body of a lion with the head and wings of an eagle, so I'm not sure where the derivation comes from. To me the one on the key looks like a lion. However, the griffin does appear in some Central Asian mythology in similar form, so I suppose a Japanese car company adopting it isn't entirely inappropriate. AZ may know more about the "Nissan Griffin" history than I do.

There's an outfit in Washington State called Rallye Enterprises selling what seem to be nice reproductions, but I don't know much about them or if they sell them just for Fairladys or in all the various key-cylinder configurations used in early Nissans:
http://www.datsunroadster.com/PIC_PAGES ... y_info.htm

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby Tekno » Thu Mar 31, 2022 6:13 pm

Oh wow!
Fascinating.
Thank you.

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby Tekno » Thu Mar 31, 2022 6:15 pm

I just checked that website. Those keys look identical to mine!

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby Rogue One » Thu Mar 31, 2022 7:25 pm

Pretty sure that's not a gryphon, but is a lion in the salient pose.

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby VStar650CL » Thu Mar 31, 2022 7:47 pm

Rogue One wrote:
Thu Mar 31, 2022 7:25 pm
Pretty sure that's not a gryphon, but is a lion in the salient pose.
True, as far as I know, heraldic griffins/griffons/gryphons always show the wings, and I can't find any evidence of wingless Asian ones. Nevertheless, they were "griffin keys" to Nissan.

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby Tekno » Thu Mar 31, 2022 8:00 pm

I will also mention that I have all 3 keys. The third in my photo is laying under the key on the right! 2 are burgundy in colour whereas the third one (which is a spare ignition key) is the plain silver standard key colour,still has this griffin symbol though. So one key for ignition and doors,one key for the boot and a spare door/ignition key.

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Re: Hi all and Datsun keys

Postby Dbarry » Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:18 pm

Interesting keys. Hope you'll solve the logo mystery.


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