Junkyard Find: 1979 Datsun 210 Sedan

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1979 datsun 210 sedan

We saw this junked ’78 Corolla a while back, and there was this ’81 Mazda GLC and this ’80 Civic, but no discussion of Middle Malaise Era Japanese Econoboxes can be complete without mention of Nissan’s third-gen Sunny aka 210 aka 120Y aka B210. Here’s a nice example I found in a Denver self-serve yard a week or so back.

I forgot to check the build tag for the exact model year, so this might be a ’78 or an ’80; Nissan had a winning formula with this car and didn’t change it much year-to-year.

While not as much fun to drive as the Civic nor as reliable as the Corolla, the 210 was still a solid, gas-sipping commuter that sold like crazy. They were ubiquitous on the streets of (non-rusty parts of) America until about the mid-1990s, then they spent a good decade as junkyard regulars. Nowadays you just see the occasional long-term survivors stumbling into The Crusher’s waiting room after several decades of service.

Put your money in the bank, not in the tank!

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  • DenverInfidel DenverInfidel on Oct 16, 2011

    I had a B210 (78, I think) that was a relatively good car. The odo didnt' work, but the previous owner guessed it had upwards of 200k on it. Needed a bunch of work while I owned it, but I was very lucky to have a good friend whose dad owned a shop. He did a ton of cheap/free work on it for me. I think the head gasket went and the driveshaft snapped (loud and scary from what I remember). But he got me the car super cheap, like $700 or something, and it hardly burned gas. Got me through a couple of year of college and the corresponding shi!!y jobs. I was always loyal to nissan afterward because of the b210. Like so many japanese imports it too was rusting badly, having spent its life on salted colorado roads. And water leaked into the interior like crazy when it rained. Ahh, memories.

  • JesusChrist786 JesusChrist786 on Jun 04, 2014

    My dad is selling a 1979 datsun 210 for about 1,000. the paint is rusty but it still runs great.

  • Tassos Before you rush to buy this heap of rusty metal, maybe you should wait a day or two.I hear Tim will have an Model T next time.
  • Redapple2 I d just buy one already sorted. Too many high level skills (wiring, paint, body panel fitment et. al.) that i dont have. And I dont fancy working 100 s of hours for $3 /hour.
  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)