Junkyard Find: 1977 Datsun 810 Station Wagon

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1977 datsun 810 station wagon

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 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.

While 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.

The 280Z in 1977 had a 2.8 liter L6 engine, while the 810 kept the 2.4 liter displacement of the earlier 240Z.

This one probably did some surfboard-hauling duty in its later years.

The interior is worn out, but you can see that it must have been a nice place in 1977.

I 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.

Faux woodgrain on the tailgate, just like a Country Squire!

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  • JamesGarfield JamesGarfield on Dec 21, 2013

    There's the joke about when Nissan was planning their first imports to the US. They knew how important the right Name was to American buyers, so the Nissan marketing folks paid a visit to Volkswagen. They knew that VW had been very successfull in the American market, so Nissan asked if VW could maybe suggest a good name that the Americans would like. The old German VW exec told Nissan, "Ja ja, ve vill help yu... I vill tink on it... " The Nissan guys said, "OH, Great thanks so much. But could you hurry please? We start shipping next week." The German VW exec says, "Next veek? Ahhh, Dat Soon???" The Nissan guys said, "GREAT NAME! Thanks, we'll take it!"

  • -Nate -Nate on Dec 23, 2013

    Good little cars then and now . -Nate

  • Bobbysirhan I suppose this explains why almost everything that makes a GM product function has been Chinese for several years now.
  • Kevin 35 grand if a 2 door but not a 4 door!
  • Kevin 35 grand USD for a 57 wagon that still needs lots of work such as spindles body work and what ever else maybe 25 but 35 no thanks I'll stick with what I have. Floor pans replaced and whatever else my 68 chevelle I paid $4800.00 USD 20 years ago and is all original.
  • FreedMike Needs a few more HP to really spice things up...
  • Oberkanone Absolute insanity on our public roads! A danger to society. Bravo Dodge!