When you think about it though, did you ever really see these cars? The 210 sedan was an invisible car in its day. Nissan / Datsun sold a ton of them, but you never really noticed them. They went about their business efficiently and reliably, until they were wrecked or became too rusty to be safe.
There's a good chance that you haven't noticed that most of these cars are gone now. It's just that type of car. Anonymous.
Datsun's ads claimed that the 210 would get 35 MPG around town and 47 on the highway. I think you would need near perfect conditions to achieve those numbers, but the 210 was frugal, thanks in part to an engine that produced less than 70 horsepower. It took around 17 seconds for a 210 to hit 60 MPH.
It must have taken Nissan's styling department about an hour to design this car's body. It has a hood, 4 doors, and a trunk. There is absolutely nothing - good or bad - that makes this car stand out.
The interior is typical of late seventies / early eighties Japanese econoboxes. Some gages and some lights. The dashboard is angular and well laid out. The seats are thin, but decently shaped.
This car is owned by the seller's 82 year old mother. It has just 29,800 miles on it. It looks like it did when it left the dealer in 1982, right down to the stock radio. It is a true time capsule.
These days it seems like any old Japanese car, no matter how boring or mundane it was when new, is a candidate for customization. They wind up slammed and sitting on big chrome rims. Lets hope that doesn't happen to this car. Lets hope the new owner has the good sense to keep it invisible.
Located in Thomaston, CT, click here to see the Craigslist ad.
A big thanks to Michael K. for sending me the link to this car.