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Often, the facelifted saloon version of the 710 model is regarded as a bit of an ugly duckling with it’s notch back and squared off boot but I suspect that’s because most export versions, especially the Datsun 140J and 160J sold in Europe, didn’t get the big tail lights and smooth centre panel like Japanese domestic version, the Nissan Violet. They certainly look pretty good in this Japanese brochure, especially in SSS guise.

The SSS saloon wasn’t sold in Europe as far as I am aware. Like the SSS hardtop, it had independent rear suspension and the Violet SSS-E, got electronic fuel injection as well. Plus there were extras like electric mirrors and an awesome top loading cassette deck! 1976 (Showa 51) also saw the introduction of the Nissan Anti-Pollution System (NAPS) so the 1600 models came equipped with a catalytic converter and evaporative emission controls. These NAPS cars are usually designated as being a 711 model rather than 710.

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About a month ago I posted up a fantastic Nissan brochure for 1970 which covered some of the concept cars as well as the model range from that year. I have a few brochures of this sort from what was arguably Nissan’s golden age, where they were producing some advanced, nicely styled and very well engineered cars as well as showing of some pretty wild concepts. The brochure shown here is one of a couple I have from 1971 and it covers the 216X concept car as well a a beautifully illustrated company history section, which unfortunately for us Europeans, is all in Japanese! Click through to have a look…

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Having liberated the L16T and 5 speed from the scrapyard Datsun 160J SSS I posted about yesterday, I figured I needed some way of storing it and moving it around until needed. Some kind of platform on wheels.  I have three other spare L series engines stashed away  plus the one from my 510 SSS sat in my workshop and all of them could do with being a little easier to shift about. So I decided to look at making something straightforward and low cost that I could make any number of. In the end, what I came up with serves the purpose well and was so simple that I thought I’d post up some dimensions etc so you can make yourself one. Continue Reading

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Here’s something you don’t see every day… 0r ever if you live in the UK. A Datsun in a scrapyard and not just any old Datsun, a triple S! This 160J SSS popped up on eBay a few days ago listed as breaking for parts. As these A10 model 160J SSS have a short case 5 speed gearbox, perfect for fitting into 510 and 710 models, I was on the phone to them immediately! Yeasterday I went to check it out as it was only a couple of hours away…

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I was unaware, but it would appear that there has been an issue with users not being able to post comments. When posting a comment, you probably received an error message that read…

 “Sorry, there was an error. Please enable JavaScript and Cookies in your browser and try again”

…even when both were already enabled.This turned out to be a problem with the anti-spam function. It has now been resolved so you should be able to post comments again now!

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Datsun 411 Bluebirds are charming cars, full of character and they possess a real nostalgic feel. I’ve only ever owned one which I imported from Finland and it’s unlikely I’ll have another as they were never sold in the UK. It’s a pity as this video really makes me wish I’d kept mine. I love the noises this car makes…

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rt_PM_b210rt_coverSometimes, contemporary magazine road tests compliment or give criticism of features of a car that seem at odds with our own experiences, but occasionally there’s one that gets it spot on. This surprisingly late (1978) road test from Popular Motoring magazine of the Datsun 120Y sums the car up pretty accurately and makes particular note of the major factor in Datsun’s success in the UK… reliability. Whilst many of the cars were not particularly ground breaking in term of technology during the 1970s, where they did stand out was in their build quality and durability. As this features notes, it was this along with it’s light controls that handed the Datsun 120Y nearly 20% of the driving school market.

I think possibly the only statement in this article I would take issue with is the remark suggesting that Nissan were not renowned for sophisticated suspension on their cars. Up until ’78 when this was written, Nissan had employed trailing and semi-trailing arm, De-Dion and Chapman strut systems on their cars as well as live axle and leaf spring layouts such as on the 120Y! Click below to check out the whole article…

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Ten to fifteen years ago, new old stock parts for Datsuns were pretty easy to come by here. Times have changed though and these days it’s quite rare to come across stocks of forgotten parts gathering dust in an abandoned parts store, so it was especially pleasing to be able to come home with this stash of parts last week…

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Whilst this lot was far from what I would consider to be cheap, I was happy to hand over the money because it’s getting so much harder to find stuff like this already and the clock is ticking… soon there won’t be anything left at all. So what did I get? Click through to take a look…
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The popular Tomei powered Maruzen Technica Sunny coupe (KB110) on the cover of Japanese Autosport magazine, November 1974. Tomei built a perfect replica of this car which appears at various events in Japan such as the Nismo Festival. The Tomei built A12 OHV engine in this car is only 1303cc but puts out an astonishing 164ps at 8000rpm!

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