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1971 Datsun 521 pickup

Asian, Classics, SUVs  /   /  By Tony Piff

Just as comic books were once considered cheap, disposable things, vintage Japanese economy cars and trucks are now beginning to be appreciated as collector’s items. The simple, well built engines would run reliably for hundreds of thousands of miles, and the lightweight bodies were great for gas mileage. But the thin metal was prone to rust, and the vehicles were otherwise just treated as pure transportation and driven into the ground. Excellent examples are now pretty hard to find.

This ’71 Datsun pickup hails from the salt-free roads of the Pacific Northwest and has clearly had a sheltered life, as evidenced by the dent-free bed and unmarred, original chrome bumpers. The “driver quality” repaint is said to be the original color and looks just fine for a pickup. It’s said to be a one-owner truck in “excellent mechanical condition,” and the cosmetics seem to confirm the stated 110k miles.

It’s currently registered on specialty vehicle plates, which also bodes well for its condition, as it shows the previous owner considered it a collectible rather than just a pickup. Even so, it’ll pay to have this one checked out for rust issues—especially around the rocker panels and floor.

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  1. jaruwat May 10, 2012 at 1:54 am Reply

    How many i want it !!

  2. Greg taylor November 27, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    I have a 1979 datsun pickup. 27045 miles no kidding. Not junk. Runs,drives like new. Needs very little. Anybody interested. Greg

  3. Kelly December 1, 2012 at 7:35 am Reply

    do you have any pictures?

    • eBay Motors December 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply

      Hi Kelly,

      We do, please take a look at the blog post again.

      eBay Motors

  4. Kelly December 2, 2012 at 9:51 am Reply

    hi my friend can tou help me out a bit i can’t remember the price your asking

  5. Sam Kamunya January 16, 2013 at 5:55 am Reply

    Datsun pickup

    • Sam Kamunya January 16, 2013 at 5:56 am Reply

      I remember this Pickup I taught My self how to drive in one of this like everything else!!

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