I’ve been seeing quite a few junked Datsun pickups in recent years, and most of them have featured the King Cab option. To those of you accustomed to 21st-century pickups with four doors and luxurious back seats, the few additional cubic centimeters of the Datsun 720’s King Cab must seem a cruel joke.
Sure, you could fit more toolboxes and stuff out of the weather, but what about leg room? Cup holders? The small Toyota trucks of the era seem to be evading The Crusher much better than their Nissan contemporaries, no doubt because every plumber in North America wants the same Hilux-grade reliability that warlords and strongmen throughout the world demand from their trucks.
The good old L20 engine held together just about as well as the Toyota R, but the iconic profile of a Hilux sporting a 23mm cannon mounted in the bed and a couple dozen 14-year-old “soldiers” hanging off the tailgate helps keep depreciation from reaching scrap level. Thus, little Toyota trucks live, little Datsun trucks die.
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