1997 Nissan Datsun D22 Pickup
The Nissan Datsun D21, while lovable, didn't have a whole lot to offer in terms of comfort and amenities. Luckily, the D22 picked up where the previous generation left off, and this 1997 4WD model is chock full of features for the road ahead! The exterior serves up dashing good looks and is finished in a unique hue, Nissan's own Greyish Purple Pearl Metallic (LS7). Aside from some expected chips and dings along the body and paint fade in the bed, there's not much to gripe with condition-wise. A set of aggressive fender flares, OEM rainguards, and polished AIBA Works brushguard with IPF fog lights give this quad cab the rough and rugged bodylines needed to turn ton of heads on the road or trail. Rounding off the list of tasteful exterior modifications is a set of Mickey Thompson alloys. Wrapped in fresh 33" Falken rubber, they're a fitting complement to the strictly business aesthetic, and deliver plenty of utility for the road ahead as well! Fresh off a recent service, this Nissan D22 pickup is a Japanese Classic that would be a great daily driver, camping rig, or fun weekend cruiser!
While the cabin space surely is surprising, the interior fit and finish is impressive for a 25-year-old vehicle. The seats are upholstered in an autumnal-patterned brown cloth, and have also resisted any major rips, stains, or tears over the years. The fabric is mirrored in the door cards, which also show no discernible defects. The view over the dashboard is clear and commanding, and the dash itself isn't too worse for the wear, save from some light residue from previous accessory installs above the center stack. The lower dash trim has also held up well, and houses a period-correct Kenwood audio upgrade and a fully functional automatic climate control unit! For those in more temperamental regions, Cold A/C is on the ready for when December temperatures rise into the 60's. If your home climate is chilly year-round, hot heat is easily accessible at the twist of a dial and privacy tint was installed at some point in Japan. For those looking to use this rig for daily duty, power windows work on all four corners, and both power folding mirrors are in perfect operation. Power locks are accessible with the twist of a key as well. Safety-conscious pilots will appreciate the standard driver SRS airbag, and that the steering column is tilt adjustable to dial in the perfect driving position. The previous owner even installed a nifty backup camera that displays on the rearview mirror and left a set of OEM rubberized mats for the new buyer. Overall, for a utilitarian vehicle the interior equipment should be more than adequate, and the condition is nothing to turn your nose up at either.
While the QD32 diesel powerplant didn't get much shine in the US, it remained a popular and reliable mill in other markets. Known for its efficiency, reliability, and surprising torque for a tiny four-banger it is a trustworthy and efficient mill. This 3.2 churns over promptly, care of 2 new 12v batteries which were also installed to properly test the alternator. It sounds a bit meaner thanks to a free-flowing one-off exhaust. New serpentine belts and a new air filter were also handled while she was on the rack, and most importantly, a new radiator was sourced and installed to keep high operating temps at bay. On the road, this one feels well sorted and has an air of refinement that competing Toyota and Mitsubishi offerings lack. While we couldnt verfiy the mieage, the cluster reads 41k miles, and the 3.2L feels strong as a horse. The diesel engine accelerates promptly through an automatic gearbox. While you won't be winning any light to light drag races, it's enough to get you up and running at highway speeds. It does tach out a bit high on the interstate so we do recommend keeping an eye on the RPMs when ripping down the freeway. Around town it is peppy and compared to these massive new pickups, its easy to park and maneuver! The selective transfercase comes in handy for any off road excursions, and low gearing is on the ready should you become stranded in the swamp. The lifted suspension is a bit stiffer than stock but still soaks up road imperfections with ease, and the brakes do a fine job of putting this one to a halt if needed. Behind the wheel, it hardly feels like you're in such a rugged vehicle, and with the aforementioned All-Terrain rubber on all four corners, you'll be able to luxuriously traverse the trails for tens of thousands of miles to come!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.