Throwback Thursday: 1978 Datsun 200SX

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Datsun-200sx-bestrideThis photo comes from a story in the April 15, 1981 issue of the Brookline (MA) TAB, featuring a great photo of an illegally parked 1978 Datsun 200SX.

The story noted that as of May 1, 1981, parking in a handicapped spot in the city of Brookline, Massachusetts would rise to a breathtaking $25.

Featured is the 1978 Datsun 200SX, parked illegally in a tow-away zone.

From 1976 to 1979, Datsun sold the 200SX here in the United States. It was based on the Japanese market Nissan Silvia, as a competitor to the Toyota Celica.

In North America, the Datsun 200SX featured federally mandated 5 mph bumpers, which doubled down on  its already challenged appearance. The Datsun 200SX had the same drivetrain as the cult-classic 510, but with leaf springs in the rear rather than the 510’s desirable independent rear suspension.

Even without the date reference, the accoutrements on this Datsun 200SX peg it to a very specific time in history: the lace, BBS-style wheels with outlined, white-letter tires and the J.C. Whitney-sourced rear louvers couldn’t scream “I’m from the 1980s” louder if it was wearing Van Halen 3/4-sleeve t-shirt.

Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

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