Tuesday, September 19, 2017

B is for Brown: 1977 Datsun B210

The story seen quite often here on DT is one where a malaise era econo-box that has managed to escape the depreciation curve generates a big interest from the readership, until we scroll down to the interior pictures and find a slushbox.  Then the inevitable comment about the auto killing interest.  Our next example survivor is a fine brown example with a shift-it-yourself transmission.  Are you ready to put your money where your keyboard is?  Find this 1977 Datsun B210 for sale in Olympia, WA for $4,000 via craigslist.

The B210 in the States was "powered" by a 1.4 liter four making around 70hp.  In the non-California version, you could run regular leaded gas as it didn't run a cat.  No idea if this example is a 49 State version or CA version, but it's only had it's odo clock in 118K miles.  Said to be a one owner car that has always been garaged or carported, things look dusty but not grimy.

Inside once you look past the sea of beige vinyl, you can feast your eyes on the shifter that moves both vertically and horizontally.  Also, there is a third pedal besides the brake.  The ad says it has never been smoked in.

Those are some serious bumpers on the back.  I'm guessing the rub strip was applied by the dealer, given that it doesn't protect the fender and doesn't mesh with the sweep of the character line along the side.   Kudos to the owner for retaining the hubcaps and skinny whitewalls. 

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.


  1. I learned how to drive in an '81 Datsun 210. The engine made 65 hp when new, and the transmission felt like the shifter gates were made of overripe bananas. The only way I'd be interested in one would be if the entire drivetrain were swapped out. The main question is whether it would be more fun to put in a Mazda rotary or an SR20DET.

  2. Going back to a previous discussion, I think one of these would look pretty sweet with the full bolt-on flare treatment, lowered on Watanabe wheels (but not stanced/stretched/poked), and de-bumpered. Maybe do a variation on the BRE 510 livery. I've never seen one done up like that. The notchback seen here is kinda cool; all the B210s that survive in CA seem to be of the liftback variety.

  3. That engine bay looks like a great place for a lonely old 240sx motor.

  4. Remember the Honey Bee drifter?
    [image src="http://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/61591/61591_Front_3-4_Web.jpg" width="400px"/]

  5. I had one for a few years, back about 1990 - a '76 model in blue. A great little car, but after living in Michigan for 15 years you could practically see the sheet metal melt on warm winter days.

    Not particularly powerful, but fun to drive and it ran like a top. In ~30k miles, never used a drop of fluid and never left me stranded. I shored up the floorboards with hardware store sheet metal, pop rivets and caulk, changed the oil a few times... Nothing else needed. Bought it for $75, sold it for $100. Hard to beat near-zero cost of ownership.

    - John

  6. ah the old "poop over puke" livery. I wonder when it will be back in fashion?


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