The Datsun/Nissan L-series was originally based on a Mercedes-Benz design, the M121 4cyl/M180 6cyl family. Prince produced it under license as the G-series. When Nissan acquired Prince in 1966, they also got that engine and refined it.
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OT, but I had an '82 or '83 model (can't remember). The last year before they switched to the Nissan name. It was a great little hatchback. Only car I ever owned that had two spark plugs per cylinder. Drove it non-stop from Lowell, MA to Ormond Beach, FL once. Accidentally turned on to the beach in Daytona, so I did a lap up and down since I was there. I really liked that car.
Looked very similar to this one, but without the louvers on the hatch glass:
I rolled it after hitting a just-frozen puddle on a country road with high banking on either side. My insurance jumped so much after the accident that I drove a shytebox for quite a while. Just as well; I was young and stupid back then.
Almost as ugly as the Isuzu i-Mark...apart from the fact that they are relatively fuel efficient, I really don't see the appeal here.
I'd much rather go with a '77 Celica.
I guess the thing I like about this is that it's just SO '70s. The Celica is a good-looking car, but it's more inspired by the early Mustang than anything from the '70s. The late-'70s Datsuns are like the Japanese equivalent of a Chrysler Cordoba or something...period pieces through and through.
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