Retro Roadster

Retro styled cars are becoming popular with motor manufacturers, so I began to wonder which Datsun could be modified to look ‘new’ with subtle changes, much like the Rover group achieved with the MG R-V8 back in 1992. In fact, considering the manner in which the RV8 was done, how about doing the same with a Fairlady Roadster? I did this somewhat hasty edit to give an idea of what could be done. At first glance it doesn’t look too much different to the original, but that’s the idea. The changes are comprehensive though…

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F10 Day

No, it’s not a new national holiday, but I did enjoy a day of F10 destruction with my buddy Jon, when I helped him strip two of the saddest looking F10s I have ever seen. Jon acquired these two, a sedan and a coupe for free (not that anybody would actually part with any money for them), as he figured there were still many useful parts to be had. And he was right. The coupe had been in a very hard front end smash, which had actually trapped the engine, making removal somewhat difficult, but using a length of chain and my Datsun 910, we quickly had the front end pulled out. The sedan had also been wrecked and was incredibly rusty, so no usable body panels were saved, but it did provide an engine and transmission and numerous other mechanical parts. Datsun parts are getting too rare now to let even sad wrecks like these pass you by. More pics below…

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Advert: Makes You Feel Rich (Datsun 210 Wagon)


Nissan USA managed to really confuse things with this model by calling it a 210. I guess they were building on the success of the previous model which has been sold under the name B210 in the States. B210 also happened to be its chassis code. The model shown below is a B310 so you would think they’d have logically called it B310 or even just 310. Just to muddy the waters a little more, in the US the model which was sold as a 310 is actually an N10 (chassis code), or better know in Europe and Japan as a Cherry or Pulsar. What a mess!

It would have been a whole lot simpler if everyone had just used the Japanese name, ‘Sunny’. This model, with it’s fastback styling and faux wood-grain paneling was sold in Japan as a ‘Sunny Californian’… a title that seems quite well suited to the US market but alas it was only known by that name in Japan…