A look back at the Nissan Datsun Cherry (1970 – 1974) 0

A-look-back-at-the-Nissan-Datsun-CherryToday, we take a look back at the car that really got Nissan (or Datsun as it was known then) on the map in the UK. Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you…

The Nissan Datsun Cherry

The E10-generation Datsun Cherry (or 100A as it was known in Britain) was a breakthrough car for the company in the UK. Small, compact and available as two and four door saloons, a weird looking coupe and also a small estate – called the Van. The Cherry continued the good work done by its predecessors with regards to reliability and high equipment levels, which made these cars so effortlessly popular in the early days of the 1970s.

The Cherry was one of the first competitors in what would become the highly competitive SuperMini segment, although like the Peugeot 104 and Fiat 127, it initially came without a hatchback option. The E10 editions featured all-independent suspension, front wheel drive, BMW inspired overhead valve engine and attractive trans-European styling.

When the Cherries first arrived in Europe in their facelifted F10 form in 1973, buyers went crazy for the little cars reliability and affordability. The Cherry evolved into a larger second series two years later – known as the F11 in the UK – and became a top-ten seller. Hugely rare and highly sought after these days, few have survived the scourge of rust.

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