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Some of us are old enough to remember the "Datsun" 520, 620 and 720 pickups. During my University of Oregon years in the late 'seventies (graduated in 1980), I recall the rugged mini-Datsun pickups all over the Pacific Northwest. Nissan Frontier and Titan pickup owners might find the name strange, but Nissan kept the Datsun moniker on U.S. models into the first 4x4 mini-pickup years. The first Nissan-Datsun 4x4s were a groundbreaking design. Toyota had built its first 4x4 mini-truck around a scaled down Land Cruiser layout, with live beam axles front and rear. This was 1979, and Nissan
Nissan first hit the U.S. truck market with its Datsun pickup. Popular, well-built and responsive to owner needs, the tough mini-pickup was an immediate success, especially in markets like the Pacific Northwest! This pickup became the "Nissan". The first 4WD Nissan pickup had a unique IFS front suspension and drive system that looked like a Datsun Z-car rear IRS unit flipped and fitted forward; at the rear was a conventional beam axle...Subsequently, mid-'eighties Nissan Hardbody compact trucks made an indelible mark in the American compact truck market. Sales were always steady for Datsun