Datsun Stanza Auto Shipping
The Datsun Stanza, also known as the Nissan Stanza, was a compact car introduced by Nissan in 1977 and was nothing more than a "badge-engineered" brother to the Nissan Auster and the Nissan Violet. In fact, they were so much alike that they all carried the same internal code name of A10. It was built in Hiratsuka, Japan and Oppama, Japan along with the afore mentioned models. In 1981, a front wheel drive model for the 1982 model year was launched. Keeping with the tradition of rebadging, this model would later be renamed the Nissan Bluebird. Five body styles were available: a 2-door sedan, a 4-door sedan, a 3-door hatchback coupe, 5-door wagon and a 5-door hatchback that was not introduced until later model years. These puppies were rolling off the assembly lines in Australia where they were manufactured from 1978 to 1982. They were being produced in three trim options – those being the 'GL', the 'GX' and the sporty 'SSS'. Drivers and buyers seemed to love the Stanza although motoring journalists, such as Wheels Magazine, regarded the car as being 'unadventurous'. The best part about this is that people who were buying the cars really didn't care what some magazine had to say. Consumers were voicing their opinion with their dollar that they loved the car and intended to purchase it anyway. An additionally little known fact about the Australian Stanza was that in 1979 120 2-door coupe models were assembled in Australia, which was apparently due to a mix-up with Nissan Australia's CKD ordering system. These cars were sold primarily in Melbourne, and were not advertised by the manufacturer, due to the fact that they were not intended to be a regular production model. That would have been interesting to have witnessed the mayhem that would have arisen if the model was actually well liked and Datsun found themselves having to produce a version that frankly might not have been economically viable. The better question is still how 120 cars get made by mistake!