Nissan’s Greatest Hits Vol: 1

Ho Ho Ho. No, it’s not Christmas, but it is the next best thing. Here’s a list of the best Nissan Datsun models from back in the day for your dubious viewing pleasure.

The Bluebird

Okay, so the Bluebird is available in red also. This model was one of the top sellers in the compact vehicle class for 27 consecutive months way back in 1982, which is why it is hard to believe that 30 years later, the Bluebird seems to be erased from memory, or at least from the streets.

The C110

Nicknamed Ken and Mary, the C110 first rolled out of the production line in 1972 and was available in three different variants, the 1600, 1800 and 2000. The design was taken from the company’s “I can’t believe this isn’t a muscle car” design concept. While the C110 was a headliner back in the day, it would be hard to find one that isn’t dissolving. Consider that a challenge!

The Excellent Series

This was the counterpart of the much loved Sunny and was appropriately named, “The Excellent Series.” The car weighs in at 775 kg and won the TS race back in 73 during the Japan Gran Prix.

The C10 GT-R

This was the first mass produced hot Skyline and was launched back in 69. The car came fitted with a S20 engine that descended from the R380 GR8 unit, which meant this puppy could hit 124 mph and cross 400 meters in 16.1 seconds. Not bad at all!

The Fairlady

This is the actual Fairlady, winner of the first ever Japan GP back in 63. Apart from having smashing looks and the personality of a Bond car, the Fairlady also had a chassis from the 301 Bluebird along with the engine of a Cedric, and managed to win the B-II class. Smashing!

So, there you have it, the greatest hits of Datsun that came to us straight from the Nissan mother ship.


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