Datsun-Nissan Weekend Edition: The Datsun Trucks

One thing that Datsun is universally known for, is trucks and light utility vehicles. Sturdy, simple, honest, blocky: you got your Datsun right there. No matter how bumped and rusted they get over the years, they seem to soldier on Hilux-like, in worlds first, second and third.
This press photo post concentrates on the load-hauling stuff, shiny and new in these studio shots.

Matching the earlier cars, this 720-series Datsun truck here is from the early 1980s. It is noted to be just the Standard Body 4WD with a gasoline engine, which probably means the Z22 engine, as it is a 1982 truck. And again, I love the dynamic graphics.
This is how the same body looked as a four-door variant.
The interior, even if it’s very plastic, looks almost inviting in this lighting.
Here’s an older, 520/521-series truck from the mid-1960s. These were the first compact half-ton pickup trucks sold in the States, as the story goes. The front does look like a Bluebird’s.
And logically, here is the 620 series truck that followed in 1972. This photographed model is a late one from 1977, and it would have either the L20B gasoline engine or the SD22 diesel.
The interior is beautifully classic and simple. Is that a distress flare under the glovebox?
And finally, the D21 series, that was badged both Datsun and Nissan in this case. The name of this exact, long truck is glorious: 1993 4WD Double Cab AX Turbo (With Option). OPTION!
In comparison to 1970s and 1980s austerity, the interior here seems almost plush. And maybe a little dull.
Moving the 1993 4WD Double Cab AX Turbo (With Option) is a TD27T turbodiesel engine. It did only churn out 100hp and 220Nm, and with the automatic gearbox I imagine it might have been quite slow.

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  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    My Papa!

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Is that little Veeblefetzer on the hood of the D21 the titular “Option”? Seems not quite right for a JDM mirror, especially with the two already on the doors.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      It does indeed appear to be a tiny 3rd mirror, as seen in the dashboard shot

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        I just realized it’s RHD, so that mirror there makes more sense; especially off-roading so you can see where your left rear wheel is at. (Or left front, if you tweak it right!)

  3. Monkey10is Avatar

    I wish there had been a factory sticker pack to write “with option!” (“turbo”-style) along the rocker panels on that D21!
    (But it still wouldn’t have been as cool as the ’80s 720.)

  4. Tanshanomi Avatar

    I built this as a kid. Would love to have a real one exactly like it. Now I can’t even afford to buy a NOS model kit.

  5. salguod Avatar

    Love the contrast between the all business white steelies and the bold 80s stripe package of that first truck.

  6. Pramuditha Dodangoda Avatar
    Pramuditha Dodangoda

    My 1994 Nissan Datsun D21