A Classic Benchmark: Drive a Datsun

Datsun is a well-known brand that has been producing vehicles since 1931. Despite its merger with Nissan, you will still find a variety of classic Datsun cars such as Datsun 240Z. If you're looking for used Datsun for sale in UK, eBay is an active platform for such listings.

Types of Datsun classic cars

While there is no official distinction between new and classic cars, car enthusiasts vaguely associate Datsun models before 1982 as classics. Some of the well-known classic cars include Datsun Cherry, Datsun 120Y, and Datsun 310-series. Here is a brief list of classic models:

  • Datsun B10: This was the first mass-produced model for the public. It was introduced in 1966 as Datsun 1000. The success of the model was followed by the production of such variants as Cherry, B110, BV110 Coupe, B120, and B140. All of these variations were derived from the B1200 series Datsun car.
  • Datsun B210: Produced between 1973 and 1977, this is also a very well-known design that includes such famed vehicles as Datsun 120Y and Datsun 140Y. It was offered in various manual transmissions and a 3-speed automatic transmission.
  • Datsun B310: This rear-wheel-drive series was also offered in many variants. Some of the most prized models include Datsun 210 and Datsun 120Y.
Did Datsun produce upgraded sports versions?

Datsun 510 and Datsun Fairlady are two highly acclaimed versions of the sports car produced by Datsun. Produced by a separate division, Datsun Sports, the 510 was produced between 1968 and 1973. It is also known as Datsun 1600 and Datsun Bluebird in markets outside the USA. Similarly, the Fairlady brand was a sports version that continued production until 1970. These models are easily distinguished as a 2-door convertible coupe model.

Variations of Datsun brand

Sometimes buyers get confused due to the coexistence of Datsun and Nissan brands in the late 70s. The confusion is usually caused by models such as Nissan Z-series cars, which was among the first cars to be produced after the change of Datsun's name to Nissan. Datsun 240Z for sale is a prime example of this anomaly.

However, it should be noted that almost all the Nissan models after the 1980s used the distinct Nissan logo instead of the Datsun. The fact that Nissan started building cars in 1966, you may see buyers referring to Nissan and Datsun brand simultaneously for vehicles produced between 1966 and 1980. It is also not unusual for buyers to confuse Nissan Sunny with Datsun as many unofficial forums and clubs use these names interchangeably to describe vehicles produced by Datsun and to some extent Nissan, between 1975 and 1982.