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This Classic Datsun Found Its Owner

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 4, 2014
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Owner: Kent Y.

Year, Make, and Model: 1969 Datsun 1000 B10 2 Door Sedan

Location: Richmond, BC, Canada

Photographer: Andrew Tsang and owner

During my elementary school years, my good friend’s uncle ran a local speed shop that specialised in RX7s and Datsun 510s. We would spend our time after school at the shop looking at cars and watching dyno runs. I was always surrounded by old cars and something about the shape of old Datsun sedans really did it for me. I used to ride my bike past a local gas station to buy hockey cards and there was always a rusty Datsun 510 in the parking lot. I promised myself that I would own one some day…

This is a 1969 Datsun 1000 B10 2 Door Sedan (Sunny) or the Nissan Sentra as we know it today. The car was never sold in the USA and even though it was available in Canada, it was pretty rare even back in the ’70s. The car came with an A series one-liter engine that produced 63hp mated to a 4speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive and a cross-leaf spring suspension. It also only weighs about 630kg (under 1400lbs)!

It now has an A15 (1.5L) engine that looks identical to the original A10 motor. It includes side draft carbs and electronic ignition. The car was originally purchased right here in Vancouver, BC back in 1969 and was then traded to the previous owner for a computer. It was stripped, the floors cut-out and replaced, new engine imported from Japan and repainted GM Red. I purchased the car the day I turned eighteen, which was almost ten years ago now. I’ve spent those years looking for the missing optional accessories this car had when it was new, in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the UK. Unfortunately, the Citizen dash clock is one of the rarest options ever offered by Datsun but I managed to find one.

Besides having been a huge Datsun fan before, I love how beautiful and unique this particular example is. It’s very small, even compared to a modern compact. Additionally, the intake sounds, the smells, and the simplicity of a 1960s Japanese car are something very special to me. Driving it with the windows down, sun on your face, wind in your hair and the sound of the side draft carbs snorting away produces a feeling that I can’t describe.

The funny thing is that I was actually dead set on buying a Datsun 510 and had been looking around for the perfect one for close to a year. My father cut out an ad in the local newspaper (I know right, not craigslist?) and advertising this 1000. I did a little research and knew it was something special, it had spent half its life in Steveston (about five minutes away from me). We met the seller the very next day and it was in my driveway two days later. It’s as though the car found me. Funny enough, my dad’s first car was a Nissan Sentra. I won’t ever sell this though.

Also, it starts every time. In fact, it is probably more reliable than the brand new VW Jetta I bought in 2006. The only problem the Sunny has ever had was due to me blowing up the transmission from being a little too aggressive. Nowadays, I really enjoy driving the Sunny around Steveston fishing village. It’s an old, historic Japanese fishing village that retains much of the heritage buildings right by the Fraser river. On a hot July day, what could be better than cruising around with the windows rolled down?

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BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228

I do love Japanese design from this era. Maybe it’s because I’m European, and they were basing most of their designs quite closely on them at that time (often doing it better than the cars they were influenced by).

There’s definite Fiat 124 Coupe in the side profile. By no means a bad thing 🙂

Steve
Steve

Very nice looking little classic. Reminds me of a Hillman Imp.

Guest
Guest

It’s a B10, not 210. Shame there’s no engine bay pics. What wheels and hubcaps has it got?

Beck
Beck

My mistake there, was typing away too quickly at work.

Andrew
Andrew

They originally came from a Corolla. Kent doesn’t like showing his engine bay because he thinks it looks dirty and not much to look at.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle
This is actually a very nice little Datsun in this article. This is one big reason i love Petrolicious you get to see all the exotic and wonderful cars but you get to see little gems like this that most people would just walk by and not really care about but you when you see like this you really start to appreciate it. A car doesnt always have to be exotic or fast to be cool. This Datsun is just a simple small car but it looks rather nice with that red paint job. Also those extra driving lights just… Read more »
Kenny
Kenny

Thank you all for the kind words.

Beck
Beck
Knowing Kent and Andrew for a handful of years, Kent and his 210 have always struck me as the truest example of local Datsun enthusiast. Although we rarely see each other, I can expect this pair attending the annual All Japan Classics Meet at Spanish Banks and it is a real treat every time seeing this gem. The pictures doesn’t do enough justice to the car (no offense to Sir Tsang and Kent :D), I urges the Petrolicious crew to consider doing a video feature of it. It’s definitely one that’s kept in immaculate shape while the personal touches really… Read more »
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