I don’t tend to post up much stuff from publications, primarily due to copyright issues but in this instance I’ll make an exception, as Practical Classics Magazine have gone and done the unthinkable… they’ve done a feature on a Datsun! Not just any Datsun either, none other than a 510 SSS. Check it out!
As Finnish is utterly incomprehensible to me, I have no idea what this is an advert for but I expect it’s something to do with car insurance. Or maybe it’s for car body repairs? Anyway, these two chaps seem quite relaxed about things so maybe they know that all the damage is covered. Or maybe the 411 Bluebird owner is thinking that maybe it’s time he traded up to one of the new 510 Bluebirds anyway. But what’s the other car… an Opel Kadett perhaps?
Whilst the Datsun 280ZX (S130 model) saw a reasonable degree of success on the British market unfortunately we were never blessed with the turbocharged version. Road and Track found the car much to their liking in this road test from May 1981 and despite it’s automatic gearbox, the 280ZX-T puts downs some impressive performance figures for it’s day. They mention that the car was only available with an auto, but this only applied to the 1981 model year, primarily due to Nissan’s concerns about the strength of their 5 speed manual. From 1982 a manual became available which used a Borg Warner T5 gearbox.