Road Test: Modern Motor on the Datsun 1000

Australia’s Modern Motor magazine got to take an early Datsun 1000 (B10 model) for a spin but, it seems, were not entirely won over by it. When the B10 arrived in 1966, Nissan were clearly still trying to figure out the export markets and in this particular case they didn’t have the recipe quite right. Of course later Datsun 1000s dispensed with the “three on the tree” gearbox and went to a regular 4 speed floor shift. They also came with seat belts!

Autocar Reunion

I¬†experienced a fairly unique occurrence at the Japanese and Performance Show today at Ollerton. My 1967 Datsun 1000 met up with a Datsun 240Z which, like my 1000, had also been used for an Autocar roadtest back when it was new! If I can find a copy of the 240Z roadtest, I’ll post it. Here’s a picture of the two together…

I’ll post up some pictures from the show in the next couple of days.

Road Test: R&T on the 280ZX Turbo

Whilse 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 magazine found the car much to their liking, in this road test from May 1981, and despite its automatic gearbox, the 280ZX-T puts downs some impressive performance figures for its 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 was a Borg Warner T5 gearbox.