Datsun-Nissan Weekend Edition: The Datsun Trucks

One thing that Datsun is universally known for, is trucks and light utility vehicles. Sturdy, simple, honest, blocky: you got your Datsun right there. No matter how bumped and rusted they get over the years, they seem to soldier on Hilux-like, in worlds first, second and third.
This press photo post concentrates on the load-hauling stuff, shiny and new in these studio shots.

Matching the earlier cars, this 720-series Datsun truck here is from the early 1980s. It is noted to be just the Standard Body 4WD with a gasoline engine, which probably means the Z22 engine, as it is a 1982 truck. And again, I love the dynamic graphics.
This is how the same body looked as a four-door variant.
The interior, even if it’s very plastic, looks almost inviting in this lighting.
Here’s an older, 520/521-series truck from the mid-1960s. These were the first compact half-ton pickup trucks sold in the States, as the story goes. The front does look like a Bluebird’s.
And logically, here is the 620 series truck that followed in 1972. This photographed model is a late one from 1977, and it would have either the L20B gasoline engine or the SD22 diesel.
The interior is beautifully classic and simple. Is that a distress flare under the glovebox?
And finally, the D21 series, that was badged both Datsun and Nissan in this case. The name of this exact, long truck is glorious: 1993 4WD Double Cab AX Turbo (With Option). OPTION!
In comparison to 1970s and 1980s austerity, the interior here seems almost plush. And maybe a little dull.
Moving the 1993 4WD Double Cab AX Turbo (With Option) is a TD27T turbodiesel engine. It did only churn out 100hp and 220Nm, and with the automatic gearbox I imagine it might have been quite slow.


  1. Is that little Veeblefetzer on the hood of the D21 the titular “Option”? Seems not quite right for a JDM mirror, especially with the two already on the doors.

      1. I just realized it’s RHD, so that mirror there makes more sense; especially off-roading so you can see where your left rear wheel is at. (Or left front, if you tweak it right!)

  2. I wish there had been a factory sticker pack to write “with option!” (“turbo”-style) along the rocker panels on that D21!
    (But it still wouldn’t have been as cool as the ’80s 720.)

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