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Do not adjust your computer or phone screen; you read it correctly. Currently available in Brick, New Jersey is a 1977 Datsun B210 Two Door Sedan with only 39K original miles offered here on Craigslist by the private seller for…(sigh)…$8,000 or best offer. Unfortunately, the private seller’s optimistic expectations are not exactly aligned with the market as the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail estimate range on the NADA Guides Online Valuation Tool is only $1,175, $1,850, and $2,800, respectively. However, we did find a more desirable one owner hatchback model with only 58K miles recently sold here on Bring A Trailer for $7,300, so plan on using that sale as your bargaining chip. If you are seriously interested in this B210, you can call or text the private seller directly at 732-277-9275.
Datsun started exporting their third generation Sunny as the B-210 in North America in 1973 just as the Arab Oil Embargo hit. The combination of being the fuel economy leader in the U.S. while being one of the least expensive cars to buy made it an instant hit. By 1977, the B-210s base price climbed to $3,449 but came equipped with a slightly more powerful 1.4 liter engine. While strictly designed for entry-level high fuel economy, their classic front engine, rear wheel drive layout made the B-210 a “momentum car” you can could have fun with when you pushed. While the Datsun’s powertrains earned a reputation for being virtually bullet-proof, the thin, poor quality steel supporting them turned out to be the car’s Achilles Heel, especially in the Northeast where road salt literally ate through these cars before the final loan payment cleared. Not surprisingly there are very few examples left today, particularly in the condition of the sedan featured here.
The private seller only provides a brief written description as the extensive pictures do all of the talking. With 39,122 original miles, everything on this B210 is original and in good working condition. We love the car still has a period-correct CB radio mounted underneath the glove box, although we doubt this car ever had to worry about “Smokey Bears” stopping this car for speeding any place outside of a school zone. If you’re into late seventies rear wheel drive economy cars and are in no hurry to drive one to your local Cars & Coffee, this B-210 may be just the collectible car for you. Good luck with the purchase!
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