Picture of the Week: Dutch Datsun car dealer in 1977

December 20, 2014 in picture of the week

I found this scanned newspaper photo of a showroom of the Dutch Datsun car dealer Rhenoy (in 1977) posted in japanseklassieker.nl Facebook group and immediately thought to share it here:
Dutch Datsun car dealer showroom
What I quickly spotted in this photo was (from top left clockwise):

  1. Datsun 160B / 180B / 200B coupe (aka Nissan Bluebird 810)
  2. Datsun 260Z (aka Nissan Fairlady Z S30)
  3. Datsun 200L coupe (aka Nissan Laurel C130, aka pigsbutt Laurel, aka butaketsu)
  4. Datsun 280C sedan (aka Nissan Gloria 330)
  5. Datsun 160B / 180B / 200B sedan (aka Nissan Bluebird 810)
  6. Datsun 100A (aka Nissan Cherry E10)
  7. Datsun 160J coupe (aka Nissan Bluebird 710, or plain 710)
  8. Datsun 100A F-II two door sedan (aka Nissan Cherry F-II F10)
  9. Datsun 100A F-II coupe (aka Nissan Cherry F-II F10)

Now the big question is where is the Datsun 120Y (aka Nissan Sunny B210) in this photo? Or did I guess the first car wrongly here?

In my opinion the most interesting cars at this Datsun car dealer are the first four cars. Styling wise the late 70s was when Nissan shifted from coke-bottle styling to ruler styling and that’s quite visible in this showroom. The all new 160B/180B/200B (Bluebird 810) just arrived and also shows the arrival of the ruler styling with its sharp lines. There is just one tiny coke-bottle hip left over at the rear quarter of the car. Even sharper lines and more angular design would arrive with the all new 1977 Datsun 200L (aka Nissan Laurel C230), 1977 Datsun 160J (aka Nissan Violet A10) and the 1978 Datsun Cherry (aka Nissan Pulsar N10).

If I had to pick one car from this Datsun car dealer showroom back in 1977 I probably would have taken the four door Datsun 180B sedan. Simply because of it practicality and fuel economy for as far as you could call it economical at all. However if I had to pick one today I would choose either the Datsun 200L coupe (I just love the word butaketsu!) or the Datsun 200B coupe.

Japanese Rustoseums: Nissan Fairlady 280Z

May 31, 2014 in rustoseums

It has been a while since I posted a good crusty rustoseum! I found this Nissan Fairlady 280Z on a blog called GaGaGa who is actually a photographer of many things, including rusty cars:
Japanese Rustoseums: Nissan 280Z
I must say he portrayed the Fairlady very well!

It is even more impressive seen from the rear: Read the rest of this entry →

WTF: one deep dished Fairlady!

July 6, 2012 in WTF

While browsing Minkara I stumbled upon Stance Nation’s Minkara account where I had this WTF?!
Stance Nation deep dished Fairlady
That’s one huge ass deep dished rim!

Found at Stance Nation @ Minkara

Family Album Treasures: dirty hands Fairlady Z

June 26, 2012 in Family Album Treasures

On what snapshot in your family album would you be at your best?
Family Album Treasures: dirty hands Fairlady Z
If you love drag racing Fairladies this has to be it: getting your hands dirty on that L28 engine swap!

Found at 0-4factory

Family Album Treasures: Group C

February 23, 2012 in Family Album Treasures

Back in 1983 the Group C races (prototypes) were the main event at the Fuji International Speedway with its smaller brother Group 5 (Super Silhouette) being the teaser for the big race. Not surprisingly the Group 5 cars were way more popular than the Group C as they were looking like the cars in real life. One of the exceptions to this was the Hasemi Skyline Group C endurance racer that looked awfully similar to its Group 5 counterpart:
Hasemi Skyline Group C
Same engine (570hp turbo charged LZ20b) but then with a lower, wider and more agressive looking bodywork! I would certainly pose in front of that as a little kid!

But why limit yourself to the Hasemi Skyline when there is also the Nissan Silvia March1: Read the rest of this entry →