Old Datsun is one type of car that is tempting to have. Owning an old car is often synonymous with a negative image. But make no mistake, owning and caring for an old car has its own advantages and satisfaction.
In addition to low purchase and maintenance prices, there are a limited number of old cars. Can we say limited edition car. A clean and well maintained old car is guaranteed to be very eye-catching, attracting people’s attention on the road.
Ehem especially if we replace the engine with a rather fierce engine, hehe. Of course it makes people stunned!
We have discussed a complete review of the reasons for buying an old car compared to a new car . Just look first for those who have not read.
Return to Datsun. For cloud people maybe the name Datsun is a new name in automotive. Though this Datsun is one of the older brands that has a high Japanese automotive history. Formerly, this Datsun since 1931 was a part of Nissan especially for the branding of its export cars. In 1981, Nissan wanted its name to be increasingly known internationally. They also decided to delete the Datsun. Furthermore, all Nissan cars are sold using only the name Nissan. Well in short, 31 years later, in 2012 Nissan decided to revive this Datsun.
The history of the Datsun in the automotive world makes old Datsun cars have a high historical value. Moreover, some of the Datsun cars used to be and even today have legendary international reputations. Call it like Datsun 510 and the Datsun Fairlady family.
In this review, we will discuss some old datsun cars in Indonesia. Perhaps there are those who are interested in hunting to restore and care for it.
Let’s just start. Prepare the coffee, hehe.
Datsun Bluebird 510
The Datsun 510 is a compact sedan car produced in 1968 to 1973. This car is a Nissan Bluebird which is exported under the Datsun 510 or Datsun 1600 brand.
The design of this car is inspired by European retro sedan models. Not surprisingly, this car was dubbed the “poor man’s BMW”. 510 has a FR layout and is manufactured with 3 types of model variants namely 4-door sedan, coupe, and wagon.
If we look at the previous Nissan / Datsun Bluebird series 110, 210, 310, 410 all look british in style. Antique, but ahem is rather “old fashioned” hehe. This was indeed due to Nissan having a contract with the British car company, Austin.
These four series are not so biting on international sales.
After the contract with Austin is finished, Nissan can design the car more freely. Nissan officials at the time wanted the next European-style Bluebird that could enter the American car market. Thus was born 510 who drastically changed Bluebird sales.
510 became a successful car sales. In its first year, this car sold 45,000 units in America! Until the end of its production period, the Datsun 510 has sold 400,000 units worldwide.
The 510 engine uses 4 in-line pistons from the J engine family and L engine. The capacity varies from 1.3L to 1.8L with 67-105 hp power. Nissan’s L engine may already be familiar. This L engine includes the legendary classic engine which is also used by Nissan sports cars such as the Nissan Fairlady Z family , Skyline C210, and Skyline R30.
Another advantage of the L engine family is that the parts can be exchanged. This makes the engine relatively easy to upgrade, for example from 1.6L to 1.8L or even 2.0L!
The convenience and practical engine design made 510 when it was a popular car among automotive enthusiasts.
In motorsport, 510 were also included in several championships and managed to win. Some of them are the 1970 Ampol Trial, the 1970 East African Safari Rally, the 1972 SCCA Trans Am Championship, the 1982-1983 Australian Rally Championship.
One of the inspiration for the Datsun 510 restoration with a machine that was replaced by SR20DET can be seen here .
Datsun 120Y (B210)
This old Datsun car is the 3rd generation of Nissan Sunny which was produced from 1973 to 1977. For export abroad, Nissan named this Sunny with the name Datsun 210 or Datsun 120Y, 140Y, 160Y depending on the capacity of the engine.
The design is a compact car with a fastback style with FR layout. In its production, B210 is offered with a variety of variants. There are 6 car variants, 4-door sedan, 2-door sedan, 2-door fastback, 3-door wagon, 5-door wagon and 3-door van.
The engine of B210 consists of 2 types, namely the Nissan A engine and L engine families. Strength ranges from 68 hp on the A12 engine to 109 hp on the L16T engine.
When we consider this car has similarities with the classic Nissan Silvia S10. Indeed the chassis of the Datsun B210 was then used as the basis for Nissan to make the Nissan Silvia S10 coupe.
In its time, this car was a car that was quite successful in sales. B210 is known to be very tough and reliable. Thanks to this car, the western market is increasingly familiar and trusting in the quality of Japanese cars. Economical price but good performance and economical gasoline.
At the end of its production, the Datsun B210 sold 2 million units worldwide!
The rare model of B210 is known as the Datsun Honey Bee. This car is a 2-door sedan variant with a bee theme. On the body there is a line sticker like the body of a bee and also a picture sticker of the valley along with Honey Bee inscription. Color choices are yellow, white, and brown.
Interestingly, even though this is a rare car and is being hunted by Datsun collectors, Honey Bee is actually a super basic B210 model. This car is made for the purpose of young buyers who are less able to buy a standard B210. So, in this Datsun Honey Bee a lot of features or equipment are removed. For example, there are no carpets, console boxes, arm rests, trip meters, spare tire covers, chrome molding, and so on.
Datsun 120Y (B310)
Continuation of B210 is B310 which is the 4th generation of Nissan Sunny in 1977-1981. Just like B210, this car is also exported out using the name Datsun 210 or Datsun 120Y, 140Y, 160Y depending on the engine capacity.
The design is still in the form of fastback but now it’s a bit more boxy.
Well this Datsun 310 is the last Nissan Sunny which is exported using the name Datsun. Earlier we mentioned that in 1981, Nissan wanted its name to be increasingly known internationally. They also decided to delete the Datsun. Furthermore, all Nissan cars are sold using only the names of Nissan including Nissan Sunny.
This old Datsun is also the last generation of Sunny that uses the RWD layout. Furthermore, Nissan turned Sunny into a car with front-wheel drive.
The L family machine is no longer used on the B310. This car only uses engine A engine. The difference with B210, B310 appears in the engine A variant that is boreup and the stroke up variant. The A12A engine is a boreup of the A12 engine while the A15 is a stroke up from the A14 engine. The highest power from this engine variant is 80 hp. In the Asian market, Datsun also issued an injection version of the A15 engine.
This B310 as a whole does not have many upgrades from B210.
Anyway, the Datsun B310 is often confused with the Datsun 310 which is a different type. Datsun 310 is a front wheel drive car from the Nissan Pulsar family.
Datsun 160J (710)
710 is the first generation of Nissan Violet which was produced in 1973 to 1977. This car is exported under the name Datsun 710 or Datsun 140J and 160J, depending on the engine capacity.
Cars with FR layout are sold in several model variants, namely 2-door saloon, coupe, 4-door fastback, 4-door saloon, estate and van.
The Datsun 710 was produced in the same time frame as the Datsun B210. The difference in general is the 710 is a little longer, wider with a larger wheelbase. In addition, 710 only uses the L engine family, compared to B210 which also uses engine A.
The L engine on the 710 has a variant of the L engine with a larger capacity namely L18 and L20B. In addition, 710 also has a variant with the L16P / L18P engine that uses LPG fuel.
710 (160J) uses an L16 engine with a power of 96 hp. In its sporty model, SSS, the engine uses injection with a power of 110 hp.
This car is also the first Nissan car with a “coke bottle styling” design. The design resembles the shape of an old coca-cola bottle. However, this design later became controversial because of the car’s minimal rear view.
In 1976, Nissan then reformed the rear of the 710. This revamp included changes to the roof panel and rear door. This facelift version is given a different chassis code, 711.
Datsun 620 (1500)
Have you ever seen an old Datsun truck? Well, the Datsun truck is a great-grandfather from Nissan Navara.
Datsun 620 or also called Datsun 1500 is a type of truck that was sold in 1972-1973. Nissan makes and sells this car under the name Datsun truck, both domestically and internationally. In 1983, as was the case with other Datsun cars, Nissan deleted the Datsun name on this car. In the 5th generation Datsun Truck is called the Nissan 720. Then in the next generation used the name Nissan Frontier and Nissan Navara.
This car has 2 types of wheelbase, long and slightly shorter. Variants of the model consist of pickup, long pickup, extended cab pickup, 4-door pickup, and van.
This old Datsun engine uses the L engine family with a capacity of 1.6-2.0L. There are also variants that use the 1.5L J engine and the SD22 diesel engine with a 2.2L capacity. L20B has the largest power engine with a power of 110 hp.
For those of you who like Rocketbunny , TRA Kyoto made this Pandem bodykit for Datsun 620 .
Thus the review this time. Having an old car like this old Datsun can be a solution for those of you who want to have a rare and eye-catching car. The important thing is smooth and clean paint hehe. Especially if we replace the engine with a more ferocious. Guaranteed to attract the attention of people on the streets!