Curbside Classic CA Vacation – Highly Un-Los Gatos Edition: 1977 Datsun 810

We lived in Los Gatos from 1987 to 1993. It was already becoming a high-priced enclave for Silicon Valley high fliers then, and now it’s utterly transformed. The Ford, Chevy and even the Honda dealers are now all shuttered, but the RR, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Bentley dealers are flourishing. Disneyland-esque mansions the size of hotels have replaced little ranchers. Driving back into to town after a wonderful hike in the hills with friends, I saw the ultimate extremes: a brand-new “reproduction” full-sized water-wheel “mill” on a dry, scrubby hillside, “turning” slowly while the pump-fed recirculating “stream” spilled from its “sluice” to “power” it. This thing was the size of a two or three-story house; a “lawn ornament” of grandiose proportions straight out of a theme park. Ok; I don’t have any problems with folks having lots of money; but do they have to spend it in such grotesque ways? But just a block away from our old house I found the perfect antidote to my nouveau riche nausea: a 1977 Datsun 810.

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Curbside Classic Outtake: The Two Faces Of Eugene Edition

Today’s Bobcat CC tends to reinforce the image of Eugene as an insane asylum refuge for the disaffected, eccentric, permanently drugged, but artistic and creative goof-balls of the world. Well, that’s largely true, and it sure keeps things interesting. But the reality is that there are two Eugenes: south of the river and north of of it. That’s a slight over-simplification, but you get the picture, here: just imagine that the yellow line between the Charger SRT and the Datsun 710 is the Willamette. But there are circumstances that cause the two sides to intermingle, like this little parking lot behind an accountant’s office. Guess whose car is the accountant’s and whose is his patchouli-oil scented assistant’s? Another perspective to assist your efforts after the jump.

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  • Picard234 Would it really be too much extra work to just write a proper full review? These lists of bullet points aren't exactly the stuff purchases are based on. Example, the two points about the interior (cupholder space and door tops) are not accompanied by supporting pictures. The "mileage" is noted but is that observed or EPA? As others have asked, how's the ingress/egress? How much stuff fits in the back? Not trying to be personal here but if you had the thing for a whole week you should have more for your readers than 16 bullet points.
  • MaintenanceCosts On the one hand: nobody should be tracked without their consent, and deceiving customers about how their driving data is used is evil and should be stopped by regulators.On the other hand: don't blame this for your rising premium. Premiums are up because losses are up. Both premiums and insurance-company margins are regulated in nearly every state and increases don't get approved without supporting claims data. Actuaries are very good at predicting losses, and forecasts of higher losses are almost always right.Some part the of recent increase in losses is that newer cars are more expensive to repair, and some part is increased climate-related fire and flood losses. But the majority of it is that everyone is driving like dog sh!t. There are more, and more severe, crashes, and specifically more serious injuries and fatalities (which are the things that tend to max out insurance payouts).
  • Bullnuke I quick scanned the title of this article and saw "Jeep is ranked the most pathetic brand..." and thought, "Yep, that's what it is these days.".
  • Jimbo1126 Can't believe I'm the first to comment that I find the 4 window sedans much more interesting than the 6 window ones.
  • ToolGuy I was making especially gentle stops on my drive home today... because my brake booster is failing.