A look back at the Nissan Datsun Sunny 120Y (1973 – 1978) 0

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Today’s retrospective takes us back to the ‘70s and a properly golden period in the Datsun/Nissan timeline. The company’s sales boomed in the UK in particular, and this success was most likely attributable to the easy availability to its cars, thanks to the Japanese production lines.

At a time when the majority of Britain’s manufacturing industry was striking at some point or other, the fact you didn’t have to be put on a waiting list to get your hands on a Datsun was a major bonus. It was just a case of popping down to your local dealer and you’d have one pretty much instantly. Japanese reliability in an instant.

The Sunny was a brilliant introduction to millions of Brits about what owning a Japanese made car was all about. Road testers may have had a slightly snobby attitude about the car’s capabilities, but the public loved them. The coupe, in particular gathered a huge fan base, thanks to the sleek styling and unique ‘pie-dish’ hubs.

By the 1980s, most Sunnys found themselves on the scrap heap. Despite the car’s hugely reliable engine, the bodywork was incredibly susceptible to rust. Loved by many a collector now, the Sunny is a popular time capsule to a key moment in the growing Japanese car scene.

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