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A look at the top 5 Nissan Datsun models of all time

A look at the top 5 Nissan Datsun models of all time

Not many motoring enthusiasts ever expected to see a Datsun Go for sale in South Africa. Not after the Datsun brand disappeared from our shores for almost 20 years. Yet, the return of this much loved brand has excited Nissan Datsun fans eager to see if the new Datsun can live up to some of this famous brands predecessors.

While obviously not competing in the same class, the Datsun Go for sale in South Africa since 2014, has brought up many fond memories of top notch vehicles produced by Nissan Datsun over the years. Let’s take a look at 5 of the best to ever hit the market:

Datsun 240Z/Nissan Fairlady Z

Known as the “Poor Man’s Porsche” due to its affordable price and powerful 151-horsepower, 2.4 litre engine, the Datsun 240Z provided much excitement to adrenaline junkies in the 1970s.

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Nissan R35 GT-R

The most recent and most impressive of the Nissan GTR sports coupes, the 2008 R35 GT-R gained Nissan huge respect in the motoring world, putting them into the supercar category, with an incredible 545-horsepower engine, this is simply one of the best performing sports cars ever to hit the market.

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Datsun 1500

A roadster with true personality, the Datsun 1500 was loved in the 1960s for being a vehicle for fun and cheerful drivers. With an engine of around 85-horsepower, it wasn’t going to blow anyone away with sheer power, but it was definitely one of the most enjoyable rides around at the time.

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Image credit: http://bringatrailer.com/2013/02/11/3-seater-1965-datsun-1500-roadster/

Nissan Skyline GT-R

This loud and proud Nissan GT-R monster was, around the turn of the millennium, refined into a classy performance vehicle known as the Nissan Skyline. Arguably the most ‘tuner friendly’ engine ever made, the Skyline’s twin turbo engine created a purr that could have motoring enthusiasts buckling at the knees.

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Datsun 510

The Datsun 510 was simply one of the best value for money cars on the market, offering extreme comfort and a great ride for a far more affordable price than its competitors. A true family favourite during the late 1960s and early 70s.

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Will the Datsun Go be named among these value for money gems in years to come? Take a test drive with the Datsun Go for sale in Johannesburg at Datsun Melrose and judge for yourself.