The Truth About Cars » Datsun 810 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:21:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Datsun 810 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1977 Datsun 810 Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/junkyard-find-1977-datsun-810-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/junkyard-find-1977-datsun-810-station-wagon/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=682914 The Datsun 810 wagon was a fairly common sight on the streets of Northern California during the Middle and Late Malaise Eras, sort of the semi-sporty wagon choice for families who wanted a family hauler with a bit of 280Z in its genes. The Datsun 810 became the Datsun Maxima by the early 1980s and […]

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18 - 1977 Datsun 810 Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Datsun 810 wagon was a fairly common sight on the streets of Northern California during the Middle and Late Malaise Eras, sort of the semi-sporty wagon choice for families who wanted a family hauler with a bit of 280Z in its genes. The Datsun 810 became the Datsun Maxima by the early 1980s and the Nissan Maxima by 1984, and all of the rear-drive members of this family have become rare finds these days. We’ve seen this ’82 Maxima and this ’78 810 wagon so far in this series; those two cars and today’s 810 were all shot during trips to California wrecking yards. I don’t know if they even existed outside of a 50-mile radius from San Francisco.
06 - 1977 Datsun 810 Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWhile the 810 sedans got the independent rear suspension of the Datsun Z, the wagons had a good old suitable-for-heavy-loads solid axle out back.
12 - 1977 Datsun 810 Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe 280Z in 1977 had a 2.8 liter L6 engine, while the 810 kept the 2.4 liter displacement of the earlier 240Z.
09 - 1977 Datsun 810 Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThis one probably did some surfboard-hauling duty in its later years.
02 - 1977 Datsun 810 Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe interior is worn out, but you can see that it must have been a nice place in 1977.
05 - 1977 Datsun 810 Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinI thought about pulling this mechanical-digital clock for car-clock collection, but 95% of these things are broken and I didn’t have 12V source to test this one.
08 - 1977 Datsun 810 Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinFaux woodgrain on the tailgate, just like a Country Squire!

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Junkyard Find: 1982 Datsun Maxima http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/junkyard-find-1982-datsun-maxima/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/junkyard-find-1982-datsun-maxima/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=523193 I find lots of Malaise Era Cressidas for this series, but what about the Cressida’s main competitor, the second-generation Datsun/Nissan 810/Maxima? As you can see by the confusing names for this car, Nissan was going through some marque- and model-name gyrations during the early 1980s, which makes today’s Junkyard Find a car of some historical […]

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11 - 1982 Datsun Maxima Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinI find lots of Malaise Era Cressidas for this series, but what about the Cressida’s main competitor, the second-generation Datsun/Nissan 810/Maxima? As you can see by the confusing names for this car, Nissan was going through some marque- and model-name gyrations during the early 1980s, which makes today’s Junkyard Find a car of some historical significance.
12 - 1982 Datsun Maxima Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe 810 became the Datsun 810 Maxima in 1981, then the Datsun Maxima in 1982, then the Datsun Maxima By Nissan in 1983, and finally just the Nissan Maxima in 1984.

A series of TV ads during this period tried to reduce the level of confusion for American car shoppers: “From now on… the name is Nissan.”
09 - 1982 Datsun Maxima Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinJust as the Cressida boasted much Supra genetic material, so did the Maxima share its ancestry with the Datsun Z Car. Here’s the L24 engine, same displacement as the 240Z’s engine but with a more modern fuel-delivery system.
02 - 1982 Datsun Maxima Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinAll sorts of whiz-bang, futuristic electronics graced the Maxima’s cockpit; this stuff was pretty much required by law in early-to-mid-80s Japanese luxury sedans.
DatsunTalkbox-GroovesBest of all, of course, was the Maxima’s Mars Base-grade “Voice Annunciator” system. A few years ago, I became obsessed with this system’s hardware, because I discovered that it is based on an under-dash box with a tiny phonograph record.

Supposedly, this system originated in Japanese-market large appliances and was then licensed by Nissan. 280ZXs also got the Voice Annunciator.
05 - 1982 Datsun Maxima Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Voice Annunciator was so cool that Nissan just had to add a snazzy console switch, to remind drivers that they were driving in The Future.
03 - 1982 Datsun Maxima Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinIn spite of all the built-in Extreme Science™, this Maxima didn’t even make it to 100,000 miles. The interior is filthy but not too thrashed, the body is rust-free, and there’s a good chance the engine is still good.
16 - 1982 Datsun Maxima Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinOh yeah, about that Voice Annunciator? I bought it. 15 bucks well spent.
17 - 1982 Datsun Maxima Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinActually, it was 30 bucks well spent, because I found another Maxima at the same California yard and pulled the talk-box from that car as well. My collection of four Voice Annunciator boxes goes well with my collection of 1980s Japanese digital dashes.


“This is the first car that speaks to you!”

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Datsun 810 Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-810-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1978-datsun-810-wagon/#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2012 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462842 The Datsun 810 became the Nissan Maxima a couple of years into the 1980s, and you rarely see the 810 nameplate these days. Every once in a while, however, an 810 shows up in The Crusher’s waiting room. Here’s a ’78 wagon I found in California last month. The 810 shared quite a few components […]

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The Datsun 810 became the Nissan Maxima a couple of years into the 1980s, and you rarely see the 810 nameplate these days. Every once in a while, however, an 810 shows up in The Crusher’s waiting room. Here’s a ’78 wagon I found in California last month.
The 810 shared quite a few components with the 280Z, including the six-cylinder L engine. By 1978, the Z cars had 2.8 liter L28s, but the 810 got the 2.4 liter L24 out of the older 240Z.
The 810 wagon, with its need to carry heavy loads, didn’t get the independent rear suspension of the Z and the 810 coupes and sedans.
While modern-day drivers would consider this car intolerably cramped, it was sold as a fairly luxurious and high-tech machine back in the late 1970s.
Look at this engineer-designed array of warning lights!
The original purchaser of this Datsun opted for the three-speed automatic transmission. With 125 horsepower out of the L24, this car wouldn’t have been quite as slow as most slushboxed-up Japanese cars of the era.
A Ford Windsor V8 is a pretty easy swap into the engine compartment of a 280Z, which means the same swap should work in an 810 wagon. What a fine parts-hauling setup that would make!

This ad is for the sedan, but still gives a good idea of the “yacht-grade” luxury Nissan was after with the 810.

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