Thank you to Davo_
I can’t decide what is more strange, just finding this car parked in a parking lot or finding this car parked in the same parking lot as an early K LeBaron. Suddenly it’s 1983?
…not to mention the pre-’88 brown Chev or GMC C/K pickup visible just above this ugly Datsun’s hood.
Actually I think it’s a late-’80s New Yorker. The fact that they’re parked at an AutoZone may not be a coincidence.
Kinda reminds me of a day in Oregon.
Nissan certainly corners the ugly car market well, don’t they?
I’m sure still more engaging to drive than a similar year Toyota. (At least one not named Celica.)
Toyota used the same formula as BMC take one medium sedan install the running gear with mild performance enhancements in sporty suit BMC used the Oxbridge twins as a base and you bought the MGB Toyota picked on its Corona and you got the Celica, and they kept doing it with either Corona or major upgrade Camry parts untill they killed the badge off, the amount of driving engagement depends entirely on what you just got out of to get into your Celica YMMV.
Did they come in any color other than orange? When I was in college I got a call one Sat morning from one of my customers who had a little fender bender the night before. She came over, I sized up the damage and headed to my favorite wrecking yard. Sure enough there was a 710 in the same color orange. Unfortunately if I remember correctly her car had a stripe on it and the one in the wrecking yard didn’t, or maybe it was the other way. Had it not been for that stripe you wouldn’t have been able to tell it had been replaced.
Maybe Datsun had the same bulk buy deal on orange that Chrysler got on green and brown? 😉
Yellow seemed to be common as well
Datsun was way ahead of their time with bulbous bodies, high beltlines and flame surfacing. Repaint it silver and slap on some 20” wheels and it’s indistinguishable from your average 2019 crossover.
I guarantee Autozone hasn’t got a single part that fits it.
I’m sure it has quite a few, some of the light bulbs, valve stems, cores & caps, some fuses and of course oil. Now as far as hard parts behind the counter which is what I’m actually betting you were talking about, my local Autozoo has 10 different spark plug numbers, ranging from the $8.99 NGK Irididium to the $2.49 basic Champion. To be fair some of those are for with federal emissions and others for with CA emissions.
While not in stock at my local store, there is a store not that far away that has starter, alternator, and brake pads. Again not at my store but several in the area have the air and fuel filters.
The other front of store item they all have is the oil filter, but that is mainly due to the fact that enthusiasts stopped using the little Datsun specific filter on the L series engines ages ago and the manufactures now just list the good old full size fit almost every Ford and Chrysler for decades, that the enthusiasts have been using.
Of course all of that is predicated on the person behind the counter being willing to actually look it up. You may laugh but I’ve ran into that many times with my Internationals. Once you get them past the International Harvester is a brand thing, they will say no way we have anything for that. Followed by me saying yes you do have most if not all of the- dimmer switch, alternator, plugs, plug wires, cap, rotor, fuel and oil filters, brake pads. Yes all of those parts also fit a GM, Ford or Chrysler product so that is why they are in-stock.
They’ve probably got at least 2 of the colours necesssary….
It’s a Nissan Squida. Matches the color patterns of its surroundings.
Suddenly, it’s the late 70s and I’m riding home from 1st grade in the back of my mother’s bright orange Datsun wagon.
Since the color matches the AutoZone banner, I thought it was store delivery vehicle!!
Still, the best car I ever bought for $ 20 was my orange ‘ 76 Datsun 120Y (B210 in the US) de Luxe wagon. Drove Dirk the Datsun for over one and a half year and suddenly I understood why people bought Japanese cars; they just did their thing come rain or shine! Friends and family were impressed by the Japanese reliability. Dirk was replaced by a $ 150 Jaaaag XJ6 3.4 L. A car that made me gaze at the fuel gauge only!
And actually the Jaag was better then dad’s beautifull Princess 2200 HLS. it was just as rusty as Dirk was.
It’s impossible to make a Datsun 710 look worse, so I guess the paint glitches improve the look….
That. Is. Cool.
Not only the having a Datsun 710. It’s a wagon too! In the perfect color of the seventies.
What really blows me away is the colors of this shot: Orange on the car and the building, Red (tail lights) on the car and the building and shades of grey on the car, the building and the tarmac. Perfect.
I had a ’74 710 as my first car…got me through 4 years of undergraduate work while parked outdoors at my Parents in Shelburne, Vt. It was the only automatic car I’ve ever owned.
It wasn’t an exciting car, but it was pretty dependable…only failed to start the week of the ’78 blizzard when I had to bum a ride from my Father into town.
For Christmas 1979, I got 2 presents I really needed for it…one was a battery, the other a metric craftsman starter tool kit…the latter of which I still have and the most useful gift I ever received…
All I did was regular maintenance. It did rust quickly, which is not unexpected even though it had Rusty Jones treatment when almost new. Worst thing that happened to me was a burst heater hose while out of town on an interview my Sr. year…got it patched to get it home. Bad alternator once. I did the tuneups myself, this is where I started working on cars (my Dad really never worked on his own cars). It had a high idle when cold which necessitated shifting into neutral when parked on slippery surface. Once my sister borrowed it to go to work, and though I told her about it, she forgot, and I had to rescue her in my Parent’s car…of course minding this trick, I got it home fine.
Mine was a medium blue, with white (vinyl) seats (with some kind of bird embossed on the back) and a brown carpet. I added an AM/FM (mono) radio and a gadge set…..plus mud flaps.
I kept her though 1981…early in the year I was driving after work from my first job in Massachusetts and I hit some black ice on I89 and bit the guardrail. It wasn’t really a bad crash, but it spooked me and I wanted a front wheel drive car after that…so I fixed it up and sold it when I bought my ’78 Scirocco.
These were pretty rare, even when new….I think the B210 and even the 610 (later 810) were more popular.
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