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The Nissan E series name was used on two types of automobile engines. The first was an OHV line used in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The second was an OHC version ranging from 1.3 L to 1.6 L and produced from 1982 through 1988.


First series

The first E-series of engines was one of Nissan's earliest homegrown designs. It did not use the same nomenclature of the later Nissan engines, with all models sharing the same displacement and simply called "E". It displaced 1.2 L (1189 cc) from a 73 mm (2.9 in) bore and 71 mm (2.8 in) stroke. Output is 48 hp (36 kW). This E series was produced from 1958 through the late 1960s.

The first version produced 48 hp (35.8 kW) and 60.7 ft·lbf (82.3 Nm) from a single carburetor. A later E-1 version added dual carbs and better cam timing for 60 hp (44.7 kW) and 67.3 ft·lbf (91.2 Nm).


  • E
  • E-1
    • 1960 Datsun Bluebird 311
    • 1962 Datsun Bluebird 312
    • 1964 Datsun Bluebird 410
    • 1961 Datsun Fairlady SP213
    • 1961 Datsun Pickup 223
    • 1962 Datsun Pickup 320

Second series

The second type of E engines was a single overhead cam design, used to replace the OHV A series. The SOHC head was a new Aluminum Alloy design fitted to a cast iron block. It was derived from the A series by the simple expedient of fitting a belt drive pulley to the nose of the timing shaft. The timing shaft being in place of the OHV cam shaft still drove the distributor and oil pump as before.

E10, E13, E15, E15E, E15ET

The E-series engine was first introduced in 1981. The E-series was gradually replaced by the GA-series in 1988/89, although it soldiered on in secondary markets such as Southeast Asia. The Malaysian built B11 Nissan Sunny 130Y used the E13 until at least 1996. The Turbo E15ET was discontinued in 1987.

  • The E10 displaced 988 cc from a 67 x 70 mm bore and stroke (although some sources claim 73 x 59 mm).
  • The E13 displaced 1270 cc from 76 x 70 mm.
  • The E15 displaced 1488 cc from 76 x 82 mm.
  • The E16 displaced 1597 cc from 76 x 88 mm.
  • The E10 produced 51 hp (38 kW).
  • The E10S produced 55 hp (41 kW).
  • The E13 produced 59 hp (44 kW).
  • The E13S produced 67 hp (50 kW), 75 PS In the Nissan Ad Van.
  • The E15 produced 69 hp (51 kW).
  • The E15S produced 73 hp (54 kW).
  • The E15E produced 93 hp (69 kW).
  • The E15ET produced 115 hp (86 kW).

Claimed power outputs varied considerably over time and in different markets.



The E16 is a 1.6 L (1597 cc) engine produced from 1982 through 1988. The first generation of this engine used a valve cover that bolted through the rocker shaft. This was replaced in September 1986 with a more traditional valve cover that bolted through the head.


  • Nissan Sentra
  • Nissan Pulsar NX
  • Nissan Sunny
  • Nissan Prairie M10 (UK-spec)
  • Nissan Tsuru II
  • Nissan Hikari N/A

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