Datsun Pickup
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Datsun
Model: Pickup
Datsun Pickup

The popular and economical Datsun Pickup was a compact pickup truck that was produced in Japan from 1980 to 1986 and imported to the United States throughout that time period. The Datsun Pickup came in regular cab and King Cab versions and also had the option of regular or long beds. The King Cab proved to be a very popular option. Additionally, there was a 4-door version that was offered in some overseas markets. Furthering the options was an available utility body style like the early Toyota 4-Runner. The Datsun Pickup was later replaced half way through the 1986 model year by the D21 Nissan Hardbody. Oddly enough, in 1997, the Nissan Frontier then replaced the Hardbody pickup. The Nissan Hardbody can be identifies from the earlier Frontier by its two larger headlights rather than the Frontiers four smaller ones. Or, in fact, most of the rest of the body is different as well. The Nissan Hardbody did use the same chassis and a similar suspension as the Frontier, but its body, interior and engines were all new. The Hardbody was manufactured for the United States market until 1997, during which time they were direct competition to the Toyota mini pickup. Oddly enough, and perhaps why they were such a success, the Hardbody was a close relative of the pathfinder. The model was offered with a five-speed, including overdrive, but the manual transmissions were the most common. Also, an automatic transmission was available for some configurations. Not to mention, rear wheel drive and four wheel drive were both equally popular. Features that were available as add-ons included air conditioning, larger tires, a sliding rear window, a radio and a rear bumper. You know it is a base model when the bumper is an optional item. Was the steering wheel optional as well?

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