Shozo Sato joined Nissan Motor in 1937 and was transferred to the Design Department in 1948. He was appointed the head of the Body Design Team in 1950 and became the first head of the Design Department in 1954. It is believed that the first Bluebird (the 310 model) was based on his sketch.
Horie was born the city of Hiroshima in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1957. After graduating from a high school attached to the Department of Education of the University of Hiroshima in 1976, he enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo.
Tadao Takahashi was born in 1945 in Fukuoka Prefecture after his mother had been evacuated to her family home. In 1968, he graduated from the Department of Industrial Mechanical Engineering (now the Department of Mechanical Engineering) in the Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, following which he joined Nissan Motor.