This is part of my latest box from Japan - and (maybe) my favrourite part of the loot - the C80 tow truck in Nissan Service livery.

The C80 was Nissan’s medium-sized truck between 1966 and 1976 - a step above the Caball, but below the heavy-duty 680. It is also known as the “3.5t” as that was it’s load capacity, proudly proclaimed on a badge on the doors.

Engines were either a petrol 3.0l straight six or a 3.3l six diesel. The petrol engine was the same unit as used in the flagship Nissan President! That should either make the truck drivers feel very special - or the President customers feel a bit pedestrian. Your pick.

The car that is being towed here also comes from the same box - the Nissan Skyline 2000GT sedan. This is the “C210” series.

The 2000GT had the top-of-the-line engine for Japan, a 2.0l straight six. For export only, a 2.4l version was also produced, often sold under the name of Datsun 240K.

Unusually, the filler cap was located right behind the rear screen, which forced a cut-out of the boot lid. I presume this was done to look like a racing car filler and to emphasize the sporting connection.

It was definitely an upmarket proposition for the affluent buyer with sporting ambitions - a bit like a BMW of the same era. But - at least in this case - with a lot more brown. Both models are 1/64 Tomica Limited Vintage (or Vintage neo, in case of the Skyline).