Shop Rite had a new batch of Hot Wheels on my grocery run this week; this Datsun 620 pickup was just realistic enough to get my attention, and simply too pretty to put down. What do you think?
Interior detail is better than expected (you can actually see a little shifter and the shape of the dash) though the bright "chrome" bumpers are a little aggressive.
Really love those bicolor details on the green; I'm picturing this as somebody's SoCal runabout for hauling motorcycles and making Home Depot runs.
The Datsun 620 was build from 1972 to '79. 1972 and 1973 models were powered by the L16 engine (96 hp), the 1974 model used the L18 engine (100 hp), and the 1975 through 1979 models used the L20B engine (110 hp).
Standard transmissions were the F4W63 four-speed (1972 and 1973) and F4W71 four-speed (1974 to 1979). In 1977, the optional FS5W71B five-speed manual transmission became available. The 3N71 three-speed automatic became available as an option in mid-1972. This was the first series to offer an automatic transmission as an option (all model series before the 620 only had manual transmissions). Final drive gearing was 4.375:1.
Side badges read "DATSUN 1600" or simply "DATSUN." The grille badge was two colored stripes (one red and one blue) behind the word "DATSUN."
The 620 was known for its durability and weather resistance despite its small size, along with engines known for their reliability. As a result, the 620 was competing with the larger American pickup trucks, which in turn gave Datsun a strong reputation in the United States.
A number of innovations were introduced with the 620: first long-bed (1975), emission control technology called NAPS (Nissan Anti Pollution System) in 1975, first extended-cab (1977), front disc brakes (1978), and electronic ignition (1978).
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