The period immediately after WWII was, I think, one of the most interesting for cars, at least in the countries that didn’t come out of the war in such great shape. The lack of almost everything—money, materials, fuel, everything—forced some genuinely creative solutions to the very tricky problem of how to make cars…
I got quite a bit of my love of cars from my father, but the people his age that I knew never seemed to understand why I loved Toyota Supras, Mazda rotary engines and various examples of how Nissan used to give a damn. But the people who did grow up appreciating these kinds of cars are now after them in a big way, and…
Last month, we told you the story of Uzi Nissan, the small North Carolina businessman who ended up fighting off a $10 million lawsuit from Nissan Motor Company over his computer retail business website, www.nissan.com. Now, you can hear from Uzi himself on what exactly the automaker put him through.
Suburban mall parking lots aren’t always home to cars that capture anyone’s attention. Aside from the dad in a lifted F-350 covered in Punisher stickers, none of the cars typically ever stick out.
I went to Dallas to talk to John Redding about the 1966 Datsun 1600 Roadster that’s been hidden away in his storage space for years. On my second evening there, we were standing in front of that storage space, and he wasn’t crying, but his voice was quivering. I asked him if he was okay.
Here in America, it’s easy to forget that people once sincerely feared that “import cars”—specifically cheap, well-built, reliable cars from Japan—would put the U.S. auto industry out of business. That’s hard to believe today where companies like Ford and Toyota compete on an equal footing, but in the United Kingdom,…
Here’s something that has been on my mind a lot lately: which Datsun was best Datsun?
It may not look like much, but the Datsun 510 was a legend. Ben Hsu, author of Classic Japanese Performance Cars, says it “put not just Nissan, but Japanese cars in general, on the map.” So now we should all watch TheSmokingTire hoon the 510 so we can reminisce upon a time when Nissan was actually cool.
See that? I had to make up a word there to figure out how I feel about this ‘70s/80s-era body kit for Datsun B210s called the Datsun 210ZX. The word is a portmanteau of ‘awful’ and ‘wonderful,’ because that’s exactly what this kit was: not wonderfully awful or awfully wonderful, but somehow both at once.
I suppose there’s some lesson here about being careful what you say when joking. This particular lesson comes from Mai-Lee Acea, who told her husband, Tomas, that he could bring his ‘87 Nissan 300ZX project car inside their Miami-area house to protect it from Hurricane Irma.
Earlier this week there were three concurrent tropical storms, including the most powerful Atlantic storm ever recorded, which is following up another storm that had just battered Texas. The only thing to do to prepare is to buy this 1978 Datsun 6x6 pickup truck.
Former Nissan designer Yoshihiko Matsuo is the hero we need right now: a true believer in designing fun cars for the common man. His legendary 240Z went on to spawn an entire lineage of Datsun and Nissan Z cars. Yet Matsuo’s bosses at Nissan corporate thought he was insane for even suggesting a car like the first Z.…
We used to build pickup trucks with style! What happened?
Nissan used to have cars with goofy names like Fairlady, Bluebird, Stanza and Violet, but they could all whoop your ass if they wanted to.
There is a special place in my heart, and the hearts of many Jalops, for Datsun. Back in summer, Jalopnik East spoke to the curator of the Nissan Engine Museum, Maeda Hiromasa (前田博正), about the return of Datsun to India, and its legacy in North America. The love of Datsun is clear in these couple of examples at TAS…
Just doin’ Datsun things in my Datsun ute, that’s all.
Corroborating reports suggest that Nissan is making moves to take an ownership stake in Mitsubishi, who’s struggles have expanded following the revelation that it cheated Japanese fuel economy tests. Of course, there’s only one thing for Nissan to do.
Welcome to Paper Jam, the feature where we highlight the best automotive advertisements from the past! Print might be nearly dead, but our scanners are just getting warmed up.
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.