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.
Datsun-Nissan Weekend Edition: The Datsun Trucks
I built this as a kid. Would love to have a real one exactly like it. Now I can’t even afford to buy a NOS model kit.
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