The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Datsun Bluebird. We make the process of selling your Datsun Bluebird quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Datsun Bluebird was a model line of cars made by the Japanese automaker Nissan, produced between the years of 1957-2001. The model years between the late ’50s and the mid ’70s are the ones that are most sought after by classic car collectors and auto enthusiasts.
They were built at the Yokohama Plant, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Japan. The earliest Datsun cars got their origins in cars made by a company called DAT. The next generation were then called “Datson,” meaning “son of DAT.” Then the spelling was changed to “Datsun,” to distinguish the car brand from the line of full sized trucks that the company also produced.
There were distinct body style differences between the Bluebird cars of the first decade than those later. Originally, the company was licensed to produced cars for the Austin Motor Company. Early Bluebird cars were based on ultra-small Austin bodies. They looked much like a miniature version of a stately British saloon car. Later years saw the introduction of sharper angles in the body, giving the Bluebird a look of a sporty rally car.
Datsun specialized in small, economical cars. At the time there were tax requirements and laws that kept them making cars that were under 1000cc. Bluebirds of the late ’50s had a choice of Engines: 860 cc D10/B-1 SV I4 (114/115,) a 988 cc C OHV I4 (210/211,) or a 1189 cc E OHV I4 (P211.) These models came with a sporty 4-speed manual transmission.
By the mid ’60s the Bluebirds gained engines with larger displacement, up to 1.6 liters, and larger horsepower, to push their lightweight chassis down the road. After many rally car victories, the cars gradually got larger and larger engines and bigger bodies, until their 2.4 liter engine was considered a true sports car.