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Marvin Askew bought this Datsun 1600 in 1971, changed the oil every 2,000 miles ever since, and today it’s still nice enough to sit in a museum. Listening to this guy talk about his truck will make you want to go outside and hug your car.
At the Delhi Auto Show, Nissan’s division for “high-growth” markets, Datsun, showed a concept based on their entry-level Go platform, and it suggests a refreshingly optimistic view of the future of car-buying in countries like India.
Built for SEMA, this JDM 1974 Datsun Sunny 1200 pickup packs 2.2 liters of Nissan Silvia turbo and the front end of a Skyline. A job done right.
Turning cars into other cars is not such a strange concept. That’s basically the entire point of “replicas,” and there will always be those who attempt to convince others that a replica is the real thing. But they shouldn’t be confused with those who playfully create miniature versions, like this Blue Demon Datsun Z…
“Day Three, they suspect nothing.” [Image: Andrew P. Collins]
Did human civilization peak in the early 1980s? It is possible.
The Fairlady 240Z. Do you know what a 350Z is? Do you know what a 370Z is? THIS is where it all started. This super hipster “period modified” car.
Anybody can drive a Chevy SS, but have you ever heard of the JDM Nissan Bluebird SSS? That’s right. More S in Petrolicious’ latest.
A lot has been lost with the mechanical connection between sports cars and humans since the electronic boom has consumed them. Human interaction and mechanized feel has disappeared with computers doing most of the heavy lifting: steering, throttle and suspension.
The Supra was the first car to go.
This is a fatty burnout from a not so fatty car.
If your dad won't give you his Datsun 240Z, you have to buy another one. Then keep asking for his, because it's turning more heads for a reason.
Car companies now routinely license their car's name, look, and characteristics for driving games. Like all clever things, somebody had to do it first, right? So who was this daring, visionary company to first wise up to the value of putting their cars in videogames? It's a name that now is used to sell cheap cars in…
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Let's play a word association game. I'm going to say a few words, and you tell me the first thing that comes to your head. Here we go: Four-speaker stereo system. Velour seats. Stirring coal. Lighted instrument panel. If you thought "Rolls-Royce Phantom," you're close. It's the 1979 Datsun 280ZX.
It sure was nice of Nissan to use their controversial dream-invasion technology to find out what cars we desire most and not just broadcast all our pervy nighttime fantasies, unlike some carmakers I could mention. Here's some nice car porny pictures of the results of that research, the IDx concepts we saw in Detroit.
Get yourself a Z. Tune it up. It's light already, don't worry about it, just give it few extra horses. It will make you happy.
It turns out you can launch a crappy 1970s Datsun across a 65 foot dirt gap jump. You shouldn't, but you can.