Junkyard Treasure: 1974 Datsun B210


These little Datsuns had been all over the place within the Seventies.

After seeing the luxurious 1978 Datsun 810 Junkyard Treasure in a California wrecking yard final month, it appeared solely proper to search out an instance of the 810’s less expensive little sibling: the Datsun B210. Positive sufficient, on my subsequent journey to the San Francisco Bay Space, I discovered this non-rusty ‘seventy four.

1974 Datsun B210 engine

The pushrod A13 engine made seventy five horses in 1974, which was acceptable for a automobile this gentle. Picture by Murilee Martin


I obtained my first driver’s license in 1982, and the Datsun B210, the Toyota Corolla, the Ford Pinto, the Chevy Vega, and the Dodge Colt have been the small vehicles most definitely to be pushed by my friends at the moment (nonetheless, most of my friends ended up driving parental-hand-me-down Sixties Detroit sedans and wagons, which appear cool now however have been hated the best way a 2015 teenager would hate a hand-me-down ’02 Daewoo Nubira). Of the possible small automobiles, the B210 was probably the most pleasant to drive. It could be thought of intolerably sluggish by twenty first-century requirements, however had acceptable pickup for its time.

1974 Datsun B210 front LH view

These vehicles in excellent situation are price one thing, however one like this would not be thought-about value restoring in California. Picture by Murilee Martin


This one is dirty and battered, however general in strong restorable situation. A ‘seventy four 260Z on this form would by no means make it to the wrecking yard, since such a automotive is price restoring, however B210s aren’t practically so fascinating.

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