1984 Datsun Sunny
The Datsun Sunny Truck was a stalwart in Nissan's portfolio for over two decades, remaining largely unchanged throughout its production. These utilitarian mini trucks were designed to be city friendly work horses built to tackle anything thrown its way. Despite it's humble origins our little Sunny appears to have been well treated throughout it's years in Japan. The paint and body have been well maintained, free of any notable dents or dings. The White (002) paint shows very well for it's age. With a new spray in bed liner done to protect the bed from corrosion, not to mention looks fantastic against the contrasting bodywork. The body has been left unmodified otherwise and is very straight, it even features factory fender mirrors. This '84 was part of the preface-lifted version of the Sunny which sported the more iconic and distinctive round headlights. Being somewhat of a blank canvas, this platform could be a great starting point on a mini-truck build or a great daily driver.
The cognac and tan combination interior shows well for it's age with minimal signs of wear. The new high-back bucket seats had the headrest built in which made for a more sleek profile when you peer through the windows. Surprisingly supportive, they look at home in the cabin, with the door cards and headliner in fine condition. Overall the dash is in good shape, with only a small split by the gauge cluster. Wind wings can provide some additional ventilation if needed, but the roll down windows retract comfortably, and the bright work on the handles look great. It even has small aluminum rain guards for days that the weather isn't cooperating. The two tone materials have held up pretty well over the years, and is above average for being a quarter century old. While minimalist, the interior is cozy and fitted with all of the available options for the time. The round, retro gauges, all function properly and look right at home behind the open steering wheel. Behind the skinny wheel, with its dual horn buttons, the tiny odometer reads 39K miles, and although the overall condition does seem like a low mileage example, we couldn't verify those miles. Ergonomically, everything is legible and at hand, even the AM radio is functional. Since it already has working speakers, a head unit swap is simple with these trucks.
Powered by the thundering 1.2 liter A12 4 cylinder the Sunny churns out a blistering 70hp. Making it both fuel efficient and a light weight race truck all at the same time. The capable 1200cc will get you up to highway speeds and handles better than you would anticipate with such a simple suspension design. Due to it's simplistic design means it's easy to modify as well. This chassis has become extremely popular for builds. In stock form they drive well, the unassisted steering is fantastic as the Sunny weighs nothing. Because of that light weight it stops rather quickly. The 4 speed shifts with ease and the little 1.2 liter is rather rev happy. The shifts are surprisingly direct and the knob fits perfectly in the palm of ones hand. For its small exterior size, the little 'ute' has a long wheelbase, and as such, the ride isn't punishing. Additionally new tires have been mounted by our trained technicians, and an oil service performed to keep the little 1200cc mill refreshed for the next three thousand miles.
This turn-key Japanese classic is ready to hit the open road now that she's burning octane on this side of the pond. Kicking around town in it is a blast, and with a little modification they'll turn heads everywhere it goes. Whether you need something fun to "take the trash out" or looking for a your next build, this little Sunny can do it all.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.