Datsun / Nissan 1978

Japan

 

 

European market

Cherry  
Sunny 120Y – discontinued
Violet  
Bluebird  
Laurel  
280 C  
260 Z  
Sunny – new model

 

 

 

Cherry F II

  4 cyl. OHV
988 cm³
45 hp (DIN)
4 cyl. OHV
1171 cm³
52 hp (DIN)
   
Sedan 2-dr -    
Sedan 4-dr -    
Coupé -    
Kombi 3-dr -    
Van -    

 

 

DATSUN CHERRY From £2,296
Slightly enlarged last year, the popular Japanese model offers more internal space, and there are no less than seven Cherries for the picking. The front-drive Cherries come in two and four-door saloon guise, and there is a useful three-door Estate as well, all powered by transverse 998 cc engines. The FII two-door manual is offered in 'L' trim only but all other models, saloons and estate come as GLS versions which are available also with automatic transmission. There is also a 2+2 Coupé, with 1171 cc 52 bhp engine and 85 mph performance. The Coupé's rear seat folds and there is a lift-up rear door for loading the big luggage area.

London show review

 

Sunny 120Y

  4 cyl. OHV
1171 cm³
65 hp (DIN)
   
Sedan 2-dr    
Sedan 4-dr    
Coupé    
Kombi 5-dr    
Van    

 

 

Violet 140J/160J

  4 cyl. OHV
1397 cm³
63 hp (DIN)
4 cyl. OHV
1595 cm³
81 hp (DIN)
4 cyl. OHV
1595 cm³
87 hp (DIN)
 
Sedan 4-dr 140J 160J -  
Coupé - - 160 J SSS  

 

 

Bluebird 180B MkII

  4 cyl. OHC
1770 cm³
88 hp (DIN)
4 cyl. OHC
1770 cm³
90 hp (DIN)
   
Sedan 4-dr 180B -    
Coupé - 180B SSS    
Kombi 5-dr 180B -    

 

 

Laurel Six

  6 cyl. ohc
1998cm³
108 hp (DIN)
     
Sedan 4-dr        

 

 

DATSUN LAUREL From £4,347
Six-cylinder Datsun saloon has executive trim, upholstery, and appointment. Seats are deep, steering column instantly-adjustable for angle, a quartz clock is standard equipment, seat belts retract into body pillars for neatness, and the radio aerial is housed in the windscreen pillars to minimise wind noise. The smooth-running in-line six-cylinder engine has seven main bearings and a chain-driven overhead camshaft. A relatively low compression ratio enables the engine to run on the lower-grade fuels, but it is a spirited performer, and cruises quietly on motorways. There is a choice of four-speed manual gearbox or fully-automatic transmission.

London show review

 

280C

wb: 2692 mm 6 cyl. OHC
2753 cm³
128 hp (DIN)
     
Sedan 4-dr        
Kombi        

 

 

DATSUN 280C From £5,614
Known in Japan as the Cedric, the 280C is another of Datsun's six-cylinder models, with 2.8-litre engine, and is made both as a four-door saloon and five-door Estate. With a width of 169 cm there is plenty of elbow room, and the saloon's 18.5 cu. ft. luggage boot is cavernous. With rear seat folded the estate has 38 cu. ft. of load space. Both saloon and estate models are available with manual or automatic transmission. The big saloon (and estate) are rather transatlantic in appearance, particularly in the front bumper treatment, but the 280C is a fast, quiet cruiser with the accent on comfort. There is also a diesel model, not available in Britain.

London show review

 

260 Z

  6 cyl. OHC
2565 cm³
150 hp (DIN)
     
Coupé        

 

 

 

Sunny

wb: 2337 mm 4 cyl. ohv
1171 cm³
52 bhp (DIN)
4 cyl. ohv
1397 cm³
63 bhp (DIN)
   
Sedan 2-dr -    
Sedan 4-dr -    
Coupé -    

 


DATSUN SUNNY SALOON From £2,659
Latest Sunny from the big Japanese manufacturer replaces the Sunny 120Y (which was Britain's best-selling 'traditional' imported car) and is available with two or four doors. The restyled body has more room and comfort, the latter being contributed to by a new knitted nylon velour from a British mill. The body has a big-car look, is fully-carpeted, and complete with electric clock, pushbutton radio, and heated rear window. Luggage boot capacity has been increased by 11 per cent, and bootlid opens wider for easier loading. Much work has gone into anti-corrosion measures with door drain channels, and front wing arches lined with plastic.

London show review


DATSUN SUNNY COUPE From £2,981
Smart and sprightly new Sunny Coupé has crisp lines, a 1.4-litre engine, and five-speed gearbox. The two-door body is roomy, and there is a clever "walk-in" facility which slides the front seat forward as it is folded to permit passengers to enter the rear compartment (the two-door Sunny saloon also has this feature). The Coupé is equipped with radio, rev-counter, tinted glass, and the luggage compartment is reached through a rear panel which opens on pneumatic struts. The rear seat folds for a near-estate interior. Like the Sunny saloons, the Coupé has its rear axle located by four links, and brakes are servo-assisted.

London show review

 

 

Pick-up

    4 cyl. OHV
1483 cm³
73 hp (DIN)
     
           

 

 

American market

           
           

 

 

 

1800J SSS (South Africa)

           
           

 

 

 

Prototypes