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Category: Engine Lubrication System

Nissan Elephant Oil - Nissan's own brand of oil was 'Elephant' brand, so named (as legend has it) after some dazzling successes in the East African Safari Rally. The first of these was the class win in 1966 with the Bluebird P411-TK.



Nissan Elephant

エレファント モーターオイル
Elephant Motor Oil
Nissan Genuine

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Elephant formulas for race, rally, touring and tuneup. Good for the street too.

エレファント フォーミュラ: レース, ラリー あるいは高速ツーリグ用にチユーンアップしたエンジンには特にフォーミュラの使用をおすすぬいたします。もちろん一般市街地にも適用するよう十分配慮がなされています。

Motor Oil

card found with B110 documentation in the Service Dial folder
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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. / ??? - Nissan ? Co., Ltd.

20W-40, Super Deluxe, PCV MS
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エレファント デルックス モーターオイル
Elephant Deluxe Motor Oil
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PCV Elephant *Motor Oil* MS [Motor Severe] 10W-30
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Super PCV 20W-40 tin | litre
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Discount tickets for Elephant Oil
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Oil cap

JDM Datsun 1000 oil cap
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15255-12551 Oil cap [plain blue with small arrow sticker]

ダットサン エレファント オイルキャップ新品 J型 H型 R型エンジン用 521 620 セドリック キャラバン

This Oil cap for Datsun 1000 does not fit a 1200, which uses a sealed oil cap. A sticker is available from Bprojects to give a 1200 cap the same look.
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Decals on stock 1200 caps
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The cap says '工レフイントオイルを注入してさい' which translates more or less to 'Elephant Oil Fill Occasionally'.


One has Japanese script around the outside of 'OIL', the 'Elephant' cap, and the '710' cap is peculiar to Australia ... Nissan's 'Elephant' brand oils and fluids were indeed named after successes in the East African Safari Rally ... It seems that there are at least two varieties of 'Elephant' cap.

One is made to be used with a Valve cover that has a completely flat mating surface. This cap has a place for an O-ring to be installed on it's lower sealing surface.

The other variety of 'Elephant' cap is made for use with a Valve cover that has a groove in the valve cover for an O-ring to be seated, and the cap's sealing surface is completely flat.

Aussie '710' Oil Caps -- story
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Photos at

  • Photo: Nissan Genuine Elephant Oil
  • Photo: Elephant Motor Oil can


As befitting any worthy brand there were various promotional items for the Elephant brand.

Maruzen Oil swallow logo on the Nissan MCS ashtray featuring MCS Man
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Oil receptacle
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Elephant figurine
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