1989 Datsun 1200 Sunny Truck
The Datsun Sunny Truck was a staple in the Datsun lineup for 23 years, remaining largely unchanged throughout its production. These utilitarian mini trucks were built as city friendly work horses designed 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; the clearcoat shows no signs of peeling or fade. As with any truck, the bed is the only spot that shows any real use. It appears to have some sort of spray in liner as it's more coarse than the paint on the panels. Thanks to that there's no surface rust or anything of that nature which is a pretty common issue. It could always be coated with a spray in bed liner to ensure many more years of hassle free use. The body has been left unmodified and without the typical bed dents or bumper dings. Then again with only 23K verified miles it comes as little surprise. The '89 was part of the revised face-lifted version of the Sunny which sported the distinctive new round headlights. The original Nissan stamped fog lights play well off the rectangular grille as well. Hands down one of the best parts of the update were the fender mounted aero mirrors. This old school look has made a huge resurgence recently, so why not go with them from the factory?
The updated tan interior shows well for it's age with minimal signs of wear. The new highback bucket seats had the headrest built in which made for a more sleek profile when you peer through the windows. The two tone cloth and vinyl has held up pretty well over the years but does have some discoloration to the seat. This is a relatively common issue as most of the one's we've come across have been this way. The driver seat has some seam separation issues on the base that could be addressed by a proper upholstery shop. The passenger seat is in great shape, free of any rips or tears. 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. To the left of the speedometer is the optional large faced clock that's operating as it should. Air conditioning was not an option from the factory, however it is equipped with heat and a defrost function and crank windows making it derivable year round.
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. Because it's simplistic in design means it's easy to modify as well. This chassis has become extremely popular for builds. For those not in the loop we've had our fair share of fun with the little Datsun, this build was one of our most popular to date: http://www.superstreetonline.com/features/1808-1986-nissan-sunny-truck-the-perfect-pickup/. In stock form they drive well, the unassisted steering is fantastic as the Sunny weighs nothing. Because of that light weight it stops on a dime. The 4 speed shifts with ease and the little 1.2 liter is rather rev happy. 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.