Datsun Bluebird

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Datsun Bluebird


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Datsun Bluebird

1981 - 1986
Country:
Japan
Engine:
4 cyl.
Capacity:
1952 cc
Power:
72 kw
Transmission:
4 spd. man / 3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
1 star
Datsun Bluebird
Datsun Bluebird
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Introduction



In May 1981 the 200B was replaced with the Bluebird. The styling of the Bluebird moved towards a more European look with lower waistlines and simple lines. Retaining much of the running gear from the 200B, with a front engine, rear drive layout.

The initial reaction to the Bluebird was pretty ordinary, many dubbing the newcomer the "Blandbird". But despite its detractors, it became a very important part of the Datsun/Nissan sales success through the early 1980's, proving particularly popular with fleet buyers.

The same L20B engine was carried over as well as gearbox and suspension. Released as a sedan and wagon only. The trim levels were GL, GX for the sedan and wagon with a luxury LX sedan model which featured alloy wheels, a 5-speed gearbox and shadow tone paint as an option. All models were locally assembled.

A two door SSS hardtop was released in overseas market. The styling of the interior of the Bluebird was also more in keeping with the exterior with the fussiness of previous dashboards being replaced by a simple and modern instrument panel that included an 'econometer'.

The seats were again the unique design that was introduced as part of the revised 200B. As with the 200B SX, in June 1982 a sportier version of the Bluebird was introduced. A unique 'flags' decal on the side signified all the countries the Bluebird was sold in. Called the Bluebird TRX it featured front and rear spoilers, a front centre roof mounted antenna, alloy wheels and new trim and instruments.

As with the LX, the TRX was available with a 5-speed gearbox. In September 1983, the Series II Bluebird was released with revised colour coded bumpers and a shovel nose styled grille. On the sedans the rear lights were also revised. In April 1985 the Series III Bluebird introduced a new engine (borrowed from the Nissan Gazelle). The engine was a twin spark (two spark plugs per cylinder). The shovel nose grille was revised and the indicators were frosted white cover with amber lamps.

The model changes were also changed from GL and GX to GXE, and GXE Ultra. The TRX badge remained. Limited optioned up models of the Bluebird sedan and wagons were introduced after 1982. Called the Venturer, these were models that had air-conditioning as standard. The Bluebird was replaced in 1986 by the 4 cylinder version of the Skyline - the Pintara.

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Datsun/Nissan Production 1934 - 1979
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Richie
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I had the 3 speed automatic, fully loaded with air conditioning and Nissan 13 in alloy rims.
Richie
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I had my Bluebird 910 for 21 years. This car is one of the most durable Japanese cars made. The parts were available for over 2 decades and you can also get Japanese alternative parts like 555. When I sold it the engine was still humming smoothly. I never touched the transmission and I have gunned this car for over 20 years, one time I went over 200 km/h as a road test. They don't make cars like this anymore.
Jay Mullan
Posted Recently
David kemp iI have a decent condition 910wagon its 1982 gl model, its not perfect, it is an australian built, series 1, location North Brisbane. 0439410195... Feel free to txt.
David Kemp
Posted Recently
Hi,
I've been searching high and low on the internet for a 1981 Datsun Bluebird GX wagon.I'm not in it to transform it into a "hoon" machine.I'm after one to restore.My mum owned one from 1983-2007.When my old man decided it had to go to the wreckers to be crushed or for parts all for a lousy $100.
To my mum and her extended family,it wasn't just a 'Bluebird'..It was a family member.And I want to bring that family member back to the family for my mum's up coming 60th birthday.If anyone could please help me out.I've been searching for 2 years now,and no luck at all,only Bluebirds that have come close were sedans,not wagons.Please,even if you own a Bluebird with the description I'm after,how much will it take for you to part with your Bluebird?
If you have any info or could help me out, please let me know!
Kind regards : )
sssx
Posted Recently
Andy: sounds like you had an australian built 1. Japanese 1s are far superior.
910
Posted Recently
these cars are becoming more and more rare. wreckers aren't keeping them any more and parts are becoming scarce. There are a lot of enthusiasts who love these cars now, for being rear wheel drive and easy conversions with 200sx engines. check out more at w w w . aussiebluebirds . c o m
910
Posted Recently
these cars are becoming more and more rare. wreckers aren't keeping them any more and parts are becoming scarce. There are a lot of enthusiasts who love these cars now, for being rear wheel drive and easy conversions with 200sx engines. check out more at *** aussiebluebirds *** /
Andy
Posted Recently
I purchased a brand new TRX series 2, only upon handover from the dealer, immediatley had it returned for bubbled paintwork on the bonnett. The rear tail lights filled with water and the you could almost see daylight and certainly hear the wind through the A pillars and the front doors travelling at 100kms. Poorly put together but it was reliable.
OH, and what auto electrican could forget the pretty and shiny but totally unreliable LED instruments on the TRX.
Marty
Posted Recently
I had a series 1 for about 12 years, only just sold it, I bought it 2nd hand - was a bit unsure at first . But It never went wrong. Seats are comfortable and durable. Nothing special about its performance. But could tow our pop top caravan at highway speeds. Seemed to handle pretty well. Its no sports car but was very reliable & cheap to run.
 
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