Buy/Drive/Burn: Early Eighties Converted Convertibles From Japan

Think back to the Eighties, that optimistic decade when automakers hired aftermarket companies to create convertible versions of their two-door models. The big three Japanese brands each offered their own aftermarket “sports themed” convertible in the first half of the decade.

Which masterpiece is worth a Buy?

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Rare Rides: A Very Malaise Datsun 200SX From 1977

A fourth-generation Nissan 200SX surfaced previously in an edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, where its squared-off good looks went up against two other Japanese coupes from 1986. Today, we step back two generations and have a look at an 200SX from the Seventies.

Maybe you can figure out if Datsun achieved what it was aiming for with this design.

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Junkyard Find: 1981 Datsun 200SX Coupe

The S110 Nissan Silvia, sold in the United States as the Datsun 200SX for the 1979 through 1983 model years, has all but disappeared from American roads by now. We’ve seen a couple of the S110’s successor, the S12, in this series: this ’86 200SX and this ’86 200SX Turbo, and that’s it. Late last week, I spotted this faded but unrusty two-tone ’81 at a Northern California wrecking yard.

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  • Jbawden My wife has a model 3 performance, its plenty fast, and while looks are subjective, I think it's nice looking. But, I stand solidly behind my comment that these are soulless appliances. Unprecedented performance cannot overcome what was lost when we remove ICE motivation. For the record I think BEV are great, I've owned one for almost 2 years, but let's stop drinking the unicorn kool-aid and pretending BEV are just as engaging as what they are replacing.
  • Dwford The first all new Dodge in 8-10 years and it's a quick rebadge of an Alfa Romeo. And the people at Stellantis are mad at US??? They aren't serious about restoring Dodge or Chrysler.
  • MaintenanceCosts Want a near-new Cadillac Brougham? Are marshmallow suspension, indifferent interior build and material quality, and very large size your jam? Then this is your car.I like the idea of a totally anonymous luxury sedan but I do not like the K900's seasickness-inducing suspension tuning. Not at all.
  • Ajla "Overall length for the K9 was 201.6 inches"For the author's reference that is 3 inches longer than the 1987 Bonneville.
  • Dwford Everyone is worried about the public stations, but why don't we focus on the low hanging fruit: home charging? I see Rivians at the local public charger. You're telling me that that person isn't also a homeowner? The first thing I did when I put a deposit on my EV was call my electrician. The charger was installed before the car got here. you'll never see me at a public charger unless I have to drive out of state for some reason. Is the government mandating that all new homes include the wiring needed for EV charging? Nope. The amount it would cost to run a 240v line to the garage or driveway side of the house would be very minimal. Same with solar. Is the government mandating all new homes be built with solar panels? Nope.