Datsun King Cab
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Make: Datsun
Model: King Cab
Datsun King Cab

Drivers looking for an affordable and yet popular pickup truck during the '80s should have been looking at the Datsun King Cab. The economical Datsun 720 (King Cab) compact pickup truck was produced in Japan from 1980 to 1986. It was, to the pleasure of the American drivers, imported to the United States throughout that period. The Datsun 720 came in regular cab and "King Cab" models, along with regular and long bed options. The King Cab proved to be a very popular model, which is pretty spectacular given the tough and competitive American automakers that are well known for their pickups. A 4-door variant was also offered in some overseas markets. Additionally, a utility body style like the early Toyota 4-Runner was also available. The Datsun King Cab was available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations. In 1980, which was the first year of production, the King Cab was powered by Datsun's 2.0L carbureted L20B engine, but soon after was switched to the Nissan NapsZ engine line. The following years, from 1981-1982, models used the Z22 carbureted 2.2L engine and an optional SD22 Diesel. Changes continued to be made, and in mid-1983, Nissan introduced the Z24 2.4 Liter, Z20 2.0 Liter and the SD25 Diesel. For various reasons, in the American market the diesel engine was only available in the 2WD 720. The Datsun King Cab was replaced in the 1986 and one half model year with the D21 Nissan Hardbody. Later, in 1997, the Nissan Frontier replaced the Hardbody pickup. The Hardbody can be identified from the earlier King Cab by its two larger headlamps rather than the four smaller units, but in reality, the entire body is in fact different as well. It is still pretty amazing that a Japanese pickup truck was able to play with the big boys such as Ford and Chevrolet.

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