If you’re a car…

…and you live a really long time, you might someday manage to look like this Datsun I saw while filling water bottles this morning.

It was ironically parked next to a Fiat so new…


…that at first I barely recognized it as a car.

ETA: Personal to that guy who left that screw on the road…


Thanks for everything you did to keep our morning unpredictable.

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15 Responses to If you’re a car…

  1. Ben says:

    It seems that Nissan stopped USA sales of Datsun-badged cars in 1986, so yea that’s pretty old.

  2. Joel says:

    You might wonder why Nissan decided at first to sell their cars and trucks in the USA under the Datsun badge. I know I always did.

    And at my orientation when I went to (briefly) work at Nissan 23 years ago, I learned the answer. Or at least an answer: I don’t promise it’s entirely true. They said that when Nissan began selling compact trucks in the US in the fifties, Yutaka Katayama thought the name sounded vaguely German and so wouldn’t remind Americans of, er, certain recent unpleasantries. Actually the name is older than that, so like I said it might not be entirely true but that was the story.

    Might be the same reason Mitsubishi’s American version of their official history doesn’t mention their most famous product.

  3. Robert says:

    The Velveteen Datsun.

  4. John says:

    Brings back old times! Still have the ’76 Z I bought new in Ohio. Its been to both coasts with me and was my daily driver until 2016. That old car is on second engine and second paint. It’s a dream to service. You can open the hood and see ground below. Lots of it. Now it has operating reserve status to the smallest version Nissan van, manufacturer selected for perhaps evident reason. It’s an old bias, we all know passage of time changes many things.

  5. John says:

    Student of the Pacific War beginning way way back in my teens. Golly, I wonder if Grumman and Chance Vought sell cars in Japan today? OK, didn’t think so. 🙂

  6. Cederq says:

    I would rather have that old Datsun then that Fiat or any new domestic. I used to have an old Datsun 510 wagon and pickups. They were dependable, easy to work on and long lasting

  7. Joel says:

    1976 280Z. Oh, there was a car…

  8. John says:

    Hey Joel, it still is Sir 🙂
    And still fun to drive. ~’77 did ~135mph on the wide open Cincinnati beltway (it was just a one time test, see).
    Was always a driving machine here so It is showing its years…

  9. John says:

    I remember a lot of 510’s around back then. People I knew liked ’em. Detroit was losing its mojo. And Toyota was building a rock solid reputation.

  10. John says:

    Why the Z back then, anyone ask?
    Well, about ’74 I was riding around in a ’70 Beetle which I liked a bunch lots.

    My best friend from school who was now running a truck suspension shop his Dad built in north Jersey, had just snapped up a new ’74 Z and let go his Firebird 400 he had during school days (A Corvette was probably faster, but the Z was nimble and less expensive).

    No biggie, nice car, so what diff.

    Until one day I was getting on the freeway behind him and he left me in the dust like I was driving a oxcart. Freeway merge ability and focus matters to me. So, mission start. 🙂

    I’m partial to good Engineers and Mechanics.
    Good machines are fun (and often very useful) !

  11. Bibamufu says:

    I had a 1971 240Z…I wish I still had it.

  12. coloradohermit says:

    Our first 4 wheel drive when we moved to Colorado was a Dodge Raider, which, it turns out, was actually a Mitsubishi Montero. So much for name recognition.

  13. Mike says:

    I like the old Datsuns, especially the 280ZX. Just sitting there, they look like they were doing a hundred. The story about the name sounds plausible. There is, however, an old joke about naming this car brand…

    The night before the press conference to announce the new car brand the senior executives at Nissan were still in a quandary about a name. Finally, the CEO called the head of marketing and said: “We have no idea what brand name will work in America. Come up with an idea.” The marketing director said he would do his best and asked when the name project would be due. The CEO replied: “In the morning. Can you do it?” The marketing director, after a moment’s thought, replied: “Datsun, eh?” 🤣

    It’s no big surprise seeing these old cars around where you are considering the dryness and lack of salt used on the roads in winter. Up here, if you don’t rustproof your car, you can almost watch it rot away in real-time.

  14. Jean says:

    My first car was a Datsun 1600 roadster. That was a great car to learn about spins. 😉 You had to double clutch her to downshift into second, But what fun she was!

  15. Bob says:

    I had 3 Datsuns beginning in ‘63. The first was the Fairlady sports car, with the only accessory being a bolt-on hardtop; the second was the small station wagon, (I got married), and the 3rd was their small pickup. Loved them all.

To the stake with the heretic!