Datsun 210
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Datsun
Model: 210
Datsun 210

The Datsun 210 is known elsewhere as the Datsun 120Y and the Sunny. The third generation 210, which was out on the market from 1973 until 1978, was extremely popular as it debuted during the gas crisis of the 1970s ' perhaps it should make a come back today given the resurgence in gas prices once again. It continued at the time to be the fuel-economy leader in North America and one of the least expensive cars available. Not to mention, at the time, the body styling was even popular with buyers. Oddly enough the American model's safety bumpers actually were said to "improve" the styling of the vehicle. Drivers may remember the Datsun 210 by another name that it was casually given – the "Datsun Honeybee". Yet in 1978 most of the production ended although, the B210 series continued to be produced by Nissan South Africa through 1980. The 210 was not completed loved by all and in fact it was sharply criticized by magazines such as Wheels of Australia whom felt that it offered no true improvement on its predecessor. It was also said that like some other Nissans of this period, it tended to be over styled. On the other hand, the related Datsun 210 Excellents continued as PB210 models, fitted with a 1.4-litre L14 engine. In 1976, Nissan moved the Datsun 210 Excellent from a distinct vehicle model to simply a trim-level option for the regular B210, which by this point was fitted with 1.6-liter L16 engine. Over the years, six body styles were offered: a 4-door sedan, a 2-door sedan, a 3-door coupe, a 3-door wagon, a 5-door wagon and a 3-door van. The coupe still retained fastback styling, but now featured a full hatchback door as opposed to the small boot lid of the previous generation 210.

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