I began my attraction for Datsuns when I was a kid. I grew up overseas, and saw lots of Datsuns, but different to the ones in the US.
The competition Datsun that I grew up with was the Datsun 710. These Datsuns competed in road racing and rallye off road races. I did not see a Datsun 1200 or a Datsun 510 , as well as a 610 datsun untill I came to the US.
I saw Datsun B210s and 310s.These 2, together with the 710 where all around in competition. It is funny to see how different parts of the world specialize in certain kinds of Datsuns, this is due to Nissan/Datsun marketing practices back in the day. I can see that in the US, Datsun Z cars as well as the Datsun 510 are the popular ones. In Australia it is the Datsun 1200 and the Datsun "UTE" which appear to dominate the scene. The very few Datsun 510s I saw as a kid were sold with A series push rod engines. The B210 Datsun made it to the markets with the L series engine, and for that matter, it was the car of choice for competition together with the Datsun 710.
I was fascinated with the reliability and versatility of these cars, and I remember many street modified Datsuns shaping my taste and making me drool as a kid.
The number one Datsun car I saw as a kid, and which inspired me was the 710. I am sure all of us have a special Datsun model that made us dream about fast cars.
Datsun is a name with a lot of history. I hope Nissan goes back to it's roots. Todays Nissans, except the 350Z and the big trucks, look awfull. Those Sentras, Maximas, Altimas, look awful. What is up with that grille scheme.
Did you hear me Nissan???? time to get rid of the french influence!