1962 Datsun L320 PICKUP
1962 Datsun L320 PICKUP in College Place, Washington
1.2 L E-1 I4 / 1200 cc 4 cyl

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AUTOCHOICE Is Yours Dot Com, LLC is REALLY excited to present for our client this absolutely ONE of a KIND L320 Datsun pickup.  This truck is very special to me because the owner of this truck is a friendly competitor in another state that is also retired Datsun dealer.  This was D-001, meaning it was their first Datsun for their inventory back in the early sixties.  After taking the truck was taken in on trade a few times, the last trade the dealership owner decided to make this his project truck and have it fully restored.  And RESTORED he certainly did and with full KUSTO!  Isn't it an absolute beauty?  These photos are only temporary ones for now with more to follow showing a lot more detail.  But for now, I couldn't wait to get this out there for people to start drooling over.  When the photos arrive and papers signed giving us legal permission to market this L320, we will put it up on eBay for Global consumption and see just what this historic truck is worth.  Can't wait for that day to come.  In the meantime if you are so lucky to see this and have questions, or might want to guess what it might bring on eBay, please, by all means give Don a call at (509) 301-1498.  Would love to talk shop!  Tell you what I will do.  Call me and give e a figure of where this truck might bring.  AND, the person that comes the closest AUTOCHOICE will present that person a check for $100.00.  Sound like fun?  I can't wait to get your number.  Call me today.

For those who what more information about the Datsun trade name I have included the following from Wikileaks;  Reading this will bring many of you memories for the past I am sure, I know it sure does for me.  Enjoy!!!

Datsun 320
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1964 Datsun NL320
Production 1961–1965
Model years 1962–1965
Assembly Nissan Shatai, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Body and chassis
Body style
  • 2-door coupe utility
  • 2-door double cab pickup
  • 3-door van/panel van
Layout FR layout
Related Datsun Bluebird S310
Engine 1.2 L E-1 I4

In August 1961 the new 320 series was released. It was produced until 1965 in three series (320–322). The 320 series was largely inherited from the earlier 120/220, although with clear improvements to body and frame. It used the Nissan E-1 engine. This engine produced 60 PS. Nissan updated the larger commercially focused Nissan Junior in 1962.

All Datsun trucks kept the A-arm torsion bar front suspension with leaf-sprung rear ends and had a 1/2 ton load capacity. Rear end gearing was a low 4.875:1 along with a four-speed transmission; as a result, the 320 was not freeway friendly above 60 mph. Fender emblems showed "Datsun 1200" and "60 HP" ("55ps" for models sold in Japan) with a "Datsun" emblem on the front nose of the hood.

Available bodystyles include a single cab "truck" (320), a longer wheelbase single cab truck (G320), a double cab "pickup" with flush sides (U320), and a three-door "light-van" (V320). Though described (and taxed) as a van in the Japanese market, the V320 is essentially a two-door station wagon. The 320 came in two cab and bed versions: Regular, and as the NL320 "Sports Pick-Up" (1963–65) variation which is a rarer (around 1,000 produced) version with the cab and bed of a one-piece design. Its back half is greatly different than that of the standard, separate bed 320 pick-up.

Datsun V320 Van

Bed and luggage space were in addition to the expansion, with the support of the market characteristics and the robust chassis engine was easy to handle, it was a best seller in the truck market segment.

The chassis was also a sales hit 310 in the reinforcement of the type Datsun Bluebird 310, a variation of the same series, in which the X-members plus a reinforcement of the Fairlady roadster of the S310-type CSP311. It was also used for the new Silvia coupé.

In 1964 the 320 underwent minor changes. After having adding the failed Light Stout, Toyota took over Hino's Briska and then continued with the Hilux. Mazda also competed in this segment, with the Mazda B-Series. In 1960, Nissan assumed operations of the Minsei Diesel Industries, Ltd., renaming the company as Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd (now UD Trucks).

Datsun 520 & 521
Datsun 1300
Production 1965–1972
Model years 1966–1972
Assembly Nissan Shatai, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Body and chassis
Body style
  • 2-door pickup (separate/flush)
  • 2-door double cab pickup
  • 3-door van/panel van
Layout FR layout
Related Nissan Bluebird 510
  • 1.3 L J13 I4 (520)
  • 1.5 L J15 I4 (521, 1969–1970)
  • 1.6 L L16 I4 (521, 1971)
  • 2,530 mm (99.6 in)[3]
  • 2,770 mm (109.1 in) (G520/521)[3]

The Datsun 520 was built from 1965 until May 1968 (the 420 designation was skipped). It used the new 1.3 litre, 67 hp Nissan J13. In 1965 and 1966 the 520 had two single headlights. For 1967, the 520 was slightly redesigned and had twin headlights. This design was carried on until the end of 520 production. Single cab (520, and L520 for left-hand drive version), LWB Single cab (G520), Double cab (U520) and delivery van (V520) versions were available. "G" was used to identify the long wheelbase versions. The fender emblems said "Datsun 1300". A grille emblem was added in 1966 and simply said "D". In late 1967 a slightly altered model appeared, now with a slightly changed chrome grille with a distinct frame.[4]

In 1967, Nissan added the Nissan Sunny pickup truck, which was exclusive to Nissan Saito Store locations, which closely shared the dimensions, engine displacement and load carrying duties of the 520 series truck.

The 521 was the facelifted version of 520, with a so-called "flat-deck" style. This meant a flattened bonnet and front fenders as well as a new grille design.[3] It used the Nissan J engines(the previously mentioned J13 or the larger J15, rated at 77 hp) and later had a 95 PS (70 kW) Nissan L16 engine,[citation needed] always with a straight rear axle. The 520 strongly resembles a Datsun 410/411 from the front, since it shares most sheet metal with that car. The fender emblems said "Datsun 1300", "Datsun 1500" or "Datsun 1600" (depending on engine fitment). Van/delivery van (V521) and double cab (U521) versions were available. It was manufactured from June, 1968–1972, preceded by the 520 and followed by the 620. The 521 was the first compact half-ton pickup sold in the American market, in 1968[citation needed].

In 1968, larger load carrying duties were now shared with the Datsun Cabstar, a cabover truck sharing a chassis with the third generation Nissan Junior.

Rear view of Datsun 1300 (520, US) 
1970 Datsun 1500 double cab facelift (U521) 

Datsun 620
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Datsun 620
Also called
  • Datsun 680 (South Africa)
  • Datsun 1500 (Argentina, Costa Rica)
  • Yue Loong 753 (Taiwan)
Production 1972–1979
Model years 1973–1979
Assembly Nissan Shatai, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Body and chassis
Class Compact truck
Body style
  • 2-door pickup
  • 2-door long bed pickup
  • 2-door extended cab pickup (King Cab)
  • 4-door pickup
  • 3-door delivery van
  • 2-door coupe utility (U620)
Layout FR layout
Related Nissan Bluebird 610
  • 3-speed 3N71 automatic
  • 4-speed F4W63 manual (1972–1973)
  • 4-speed F4W71 manual (1974–1979)
  • 5-speed FS5W71B manual (option from 1977)
  • 2,545 mm (100.2 in)[5]
  • 2,785 mm (109.6 in) (G/GN620)[5]

In February 1972, the Datsun 620 truck was released and was in production until 1979. It was a regular cab truck (a longer "King Cab" [Nissan's trademark for their extended cab trucks] version was released in 1977) and two wheelbases were offered, for a total of six different models. There was also a delivery van version, offered only in Japan. Naturally there were bare chassis models, and many importers installed locally made flat decks. There was also the U620, which is a crew cab "Utility" version. It uses a shorter, fully integrated bed to allow comfortably seating four people. The U620 was essentially a 620 pickup from the doors forward, with the bed and rear end being the only difference. Nissan continued the strong rhythms and styling of its previous vehicles, with a shoulder "wing line" or "Bullet Side" accent running alongside the vehicle. In most of the world the 620 was equipped with the J15, producing 77 hp (57 kW) and a claimed top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph).[6] A 2.2 liter diesel engine with 66 hp (49 kW) was later made available in many markets.[citation needed]

The 620 was also the first Datsun pickup truck to be available with a longer "King Cab" passenger compartment (called "Custom" in Japan). This used the bed from the normal 620 truck, but has a cabin stretched by 24 cm (10 in), all placed on the longer wheelbase.[7]

The 620 was redesigned slightly for 1978, with changes to grille and front bumper. The suspension was also revised, increasing track at both ends by 30 mm (1.2 in). This also marked a name change in South Africa, where it had been sold simply as the Datsun one-ton pick-up, to "Datsun 680".[8] A four-door crew cab variant was also offered in some markets.

In North America, the 620 continued to use the Nissan L engine. The 1972 and 1973 models were powered by the L16 engine (96 hp), the 1974 model used the L18 engine (100 hp), and the 1975 through 1979 models used the L20B engine (110 hp SAE Gross).[citation needed]) SAE Net rating was 97 hp (72 kW). This was a "50-state car", with an EGR system for pollution control which sufficed to meet California's stringent emissions standards without a catalytic converter.[9] The 620 was available with two wheelbases and also as the extended King Cab model from 1977. In Canada the 620 was marketed as the "Sportruck",[10] while American buyers knew it as "The Little Hustler". In North America it was generally treated as a regular car, with 40% of buyers stating that they never used the truck for "work".[11] The standard transmissions were the F4W63 four-speed (1972 and 1973) and F4W71 four-speed (1974 to 1979). In 1977, the optional FS5W71B five-speed manual transmission became available. The 3N71 three-speed automatic became available as an option in mid-1972. This was the first series to offer an automatic transmission as an option (all model series before the 620 only had manual transmissions). Final drive gearing was 4.375:1.

Side badges read "DATSUN 1600" or simply "DATSUN". The grille badge was two colored stripes (one red and one blue) behind the word "DATSUN". The 620 was known[by whom?] for its durability and weather resistance despite its small size, along with engines known for their reliability.[citation needed] As a result, the 620 was competing with the larger American pickup trucks, which in turn gave Datsun a strong reputation in the United States.[citation needed] A number of innovations were introduced with the 620: first long-bed (1975),[third-party source needed],[12] first extended-cab (1977), front disc brakes (1978), and electronic ignition (1978).[citation needed]

Datsun U620, a rare Japanese market "Utility" version 
1978 Datsun 1500 Crew Cab 
Datsun 620 "Bullet Side" pickup in Malaysia

Datsun 720
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1983–84 Datsun 720 crew cab
Also called
  • Yue Loong 755 (TW)
  • Nissan 720 (1985–1986)
  • Nissan J18 (Chile)
  • Nissan Professional (Thailand)
Production 1980 - 1986 JP/US, 1980-1991 Mexico
Body and chassis
Body style
Layout FR layout / F4 layout
Related Nissan Violet 710
  • 4-speed manual (up to 1983 USA)
  • 5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic

In 1980, Nissan introduced the Datsun 720 as successor to the 620. In the US, the 720 came in regular cab and "King Cab" models, with regular and long bed options with standard (GL), deluxe (DX), and "Sport Truck" (ST) trim packages, all of which had two doors. In addition, from 1984 to 1986 a covered utility body style like that of the first generation 4Runnerwas available as an aftermarket conversion by a company called Matrix3 called the Bushmaster. The Datsun 720 was available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations, the latter having a divorced transfer case. The long wheelbase 2WD trucks (King Cab, short bed, and regular cab, long bed) had a two-piece driveshaft with a center support bearing.

The 720 was assembled in the newly built Smyrna, Tennessee plant from the 1983.5 model year until 1986. However, Nissan of Mexico continued to build the pickup until 1991, 1992 being its last official model year. They were exported to the whole of Latin America.

This was a continuation of the lil' Hustler line from the 620 generation. It was a bare bone truck that featured a shorter bed when compared to the regular cab. 1982 was its last year.

Unlike the GL, the MPG model of the Nissan 720 was a stripped down version of the truck to improve fuel economy. Unlike the others it had only a driver side mirror, single walled bed, vinyl bench seat, and other bare bone accommodations. What really set this model apart was its drive train. It featured the 2.0L Z20 motor that was fed by a carburetor. Its compression ratio was at a high 9.4 to 1, and produced 95 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque. It was able to do this because it featured a knock sensor that would advance the timing by about 10 degrees to prevent the engine from knocking. This resulted in excellent fuel economy but at the cost of emissions. For that reason this truck was not sold in the California market.

The standard (GL) single cab Datsun 720 came with a front bench seat made of single color non-patterned cloth and leather in blue, black, or tan to match the interior trim color of the vehicle. It had optional factory air-conditioning and contained a simple gauge cluster with speedometer, fuel, and water temperature gauges (with blank faces in place of the tachometer and clock), as well as sliding glass rear window. A radio and cruise control were options installed by the dealership. These vehicles came in long bed, short bed, or cab-and-chassis styles with the later having a "heavy duty" option of dual rear wheels.

The 2WD deluxe model came with front bench seats of varying patterns to match the door trim and interior in blue, black or tan. 4WD models had two bucket-style seats, and incorporated a center console with voltmeter and oil pressure gauges. Both drivetrain options had single and King-Cab variants. These models came with factory air conditioning, an AM-FM radio of two different types, a tachometer and/or a clock in the gauge cluster, an option of either rear sliding windows or single-pane window with defroster, as well as optional cruise control. Beds both long and short were available. In addition, there were roll-bar and bumper-brush guard options for the 4WD variant that were installed by the dealership with mounting points for off-road and fog lights. Switches for these were placed in the center console below (1980 to pre-1983.5) and above (Post 1983.5 to 1986) the voltmeter and oil pressure gauges.

The 2WD Luxury model came only in king cab variants and featured several standard and unique features. For the exterior, it came with a two tone paint job, chrome bumpers, mirrors and grille. It also had Nissan brand hexagonal hubcaps, whitewall tires, and sun roof. For the interior, this top of the line model came with full carpeting, bucket seats, tachometer, quartz clock, intermittent wipers, center console, and woodgrain accents on the dash and door. Like the other trucks, it was powered by the Z24 and offered both a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic.

The 2WD and 4WD sport truck package came with factory air-conditioning as well as the clock and tachometer in the cluster as standard with exclusive gradient-patterned bucket seats for both drivetrains (with the 4WD versions offering the center console and gauges of the DX model, and the 2WD having center console storage in place of the transfer case lever), as well as King-Cab variants. It had similar radio, back-glass, cruise control, and roll-bar/brush guard options as the DX trim. The sport truck package also was the only package with standard power windows and locks (all other packages only received manual locks and windows), as well as a tilting sunroof. ST stickers were placed on the end of the rear quarter panels. Ironically, the ST package had no performance modifications, however in the 1986 model year it had an optional Z24i single-port fuel injected engine.

From 1984 to 1986 a covered utility body style was available in the US called the Bushmaster. The Bushmaster was an aftermarket/dealer conversion done by the Matrix3 company. It was created from a King-Cab 4WD 720, welding the cab and bed of the truck together along with a custom bed topper which increased the height of the whole vehicle. The interior was completely carpeted, and incorporated a rear folding bench seat similar to the first generation Toyota 4Runner. This option is exceedingly rare, and is considered a predecessor to the Pathfinder.[13]

The 1980 to 1983 models were called the "Datsun 720". They had single wall beds with outside rolled lips and rope ties, two faux hood vents (some had real vents), and tail lights on the lower rear valance (similar to the 620). These vehicles were badged with a small Datsun logo on the driver's side of the grill, a raised plastic Datsun badge on the front fenders, a large Datsun embossed on the rear tailgate, as well as Datsun stickers on the bottom left of the tailgate, and model designation on the right. The owner's manual and service manuals retained the Datsun name.

In 1983, the front end underwent transformation with a larger grille, bumper, and corner lights. There was also a revised dashboard with round instead of square gauges. At the same time, the regular cab was lengthened slightly and the air extractor vents behind the cab doors changed from the high "flag" look to long, narrow ones that matched the height of the window opening. The cabs of the King Cab versions were unchanged. For a limited period, 1984 models built in the US had the single wall beds with rope ties, yet used tail lights on the rear bed corners with amber turn signals over the red stop/tail lights while the backup lights remained under the tailgate. These "in-between" models were a combination of Datsun and Nissan badging, with Nissan replacing Datsun in similar fashion to the earlier models, but incorporated a "Datsun by Nissan" plastic trim piece on the front fenders, and "Datsun by Nissan" stickers on the tailgate. The late model trucks produced from 1983.5 to 1986 used double wall, smooth sided beds, with revised tail lights on the corners which resembled those on Chevrolet/GMC S-series trucks. The badging was exclusively Nissan (going along with Nissan's rebranding and conversion of 1,100 Datsun dealerships to Nissan dealerships), with the name officially being "Nissan 720", which is found in the owner's manual, service manual, and literature from the period.

A four-door crew cab version of the 720 was sold outside North America with the same trim options. In addition, some overseas models continued with the early style beds in the later model years as well as round headlamps, and included various combinations of Datsun and Nissan badging while retaining the Datsun name throughout all model years.

Front view of four-door Datsun 720.
Side view of four-door Datsun 720.

Nissan 720 2-door (US)

In 1980, models were powered by Datsun's 2.0L carbureted L20B I4 engine, but soon after switched to the Nissan NAPS-Z engine line for 1981 (Z22S). "NAPS" was the terminology Nissan used to describe their pollution control technology as a result of emission regulation laws having been enacted in Japan, starting in 1975. In the Middle East, it was powered by Datsun's 1.8 L carbureted L18 engine. The 1981–1982 models used the Z22 carbureted 2.2 L engine and an optional SD22 diesel of the same displacement. In mid-1983, Nissan introduced the Z24 2.4 liter twin spark four-cylinder engine, producing 103 hp (77 kW),[citation needed] 2.3 L SD23 OHV diesel four, and the SD25 diesel.

1980 Datsun 720 2-door "King Cab" (US)

The diesel engines were sourced from the Nissan Diesel division, which Nissan Motors acquired in 1960. In the American market, the diesel engine was only available in the 2WD 720 (from 1982 to 1985), while overseas markets had a 4WD diesel option. The Z24 was upgraded to Z24i single-point fuel-injection for some 1986 ST models. The rest of the world had versions with the smaller 1.5 L J15, 1.6 L J16 or 1.8 L L18 carbureted engines. The 720 Series was never available with any of the Z22E or Z20E multi-port fuel injected engines.

The United Kingdom only received the longer wheelbase, as a standard bed 1-tonner with the L18 engine or as the four-wheel drive 2.2 litre King Cab with 96 hp (72 kW).[14] Australia only received the SD25, and the (Z22S) and naturally the United States received the (Z24S) Wheelbase 2,575 (SWD) / 2,815 (LWD) Width 1,610 (RWD) / 1,685 (4WD)

Nissan D21
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1990 Nissan Hardbody
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called
  • Nissan Datsun (Japan)
  • Nissan Navara (Many markets)
  • Nissan Hustler
  • Nissan Camiones (Mexico 1993–2008)
  • Nissan D21 (China, Chile)
  • Nissan Big M (Thailand)
  • Nissan PickUp
  • Nissan Power Eagle
  • Nissan King Cab
  • Nissan 850
  • US/CDN: November 1985—1997
  • MEX: up to March 15, 2008
  • PRC: April 1995 – January 1999
  • THA: 1986–1998[15]
Designer Thomas Semple (1982)[17]
Body and chassis
Class Compact pickup truck (1986–1997)
Body style
Layout FR layout / F4 layout
Related Nissan Pathfinder
  • 1.6 L Z16 I4
  • 1.6 L NA16 I4[18]
  • 1.8 L Z18 I4
  • 2.0 L NA20 I4
  • 2.0 L Z20 I4
  • 2.4 L Z24i I4 (1986–1989)
  • 2.4 L KA24E I4 (1990–1997)
  • 3.0 L VG30i V6 (1986–1989)
  • 3.0 L VG30E V6 (1990–1997)
  • 2.3 L TD23 I4 diesel (1987–1992)
  • 2.5 L TD25 I4 diesel (1988–1996)
  • 2.7 L TD27 I4 diesel (1988–1996)
  • 104.3 in (2,649 mm)
  • 116.1 in (2,949 mm)
  • 174.6 in (4,435 mm)
  • 190 in (4,826.0 mm)
  • 195.5 in (4,966 mm)
  • 65 in (1,651.0 mm)
  • 1986–1992 & 1995–97: 66.5 in (1,689 mm)
  • 1993–97: 66.7 in (1,694 mm)
  • 1993–97: 67.1 in (1,704 mm)
  • 62.4 in (1,585 mm)
  • 62 in (1,574.8 mm)
  • 66.7 in (1,694 mm)
  • 67.1 in (1,704 mm)
Curb weight 3,602 lb (1,634 kg)
Predecessor Datsun Truck
Successor Nissan Frontier

The D21 generation was the successor to the Datsun 720, sold as the Nissan Datsun Truck in Japan. The name Navara was used in some markets such as Australia.

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