Murilee Martin Digs Up Audible Relics from Nissan’s Past

By  August 19, 2015
Comments Closed

Voicebox_thmWhen I hit the junkyard, one thing I always look for is any 1981-1984 Datsun/Nissan Maxima, 200SX, or Z-car. That’s because many of those cars came with Nissan’s patented Voice Warning system, a feature that gave the car a breathy female voice to tell the driver about open doors, low fuel level, and other areas of concern. Just this month, I found an ’84 Nissan Maxima in a California self-serve yard and I grabbed the Voice Warning box for my collection. Why do that? Because this system used an ingenious miniature phonograph record and all-analog control circuitry to make Nissans talk, and it’s one of the coolest pieces of hardware you can find in a junkyard. (more…)

Re-shared from Autoweek. Text and Photography by Murilee Martin.