DAT­SUN MINI-TRUCK

WINS CONCOURS D’ELE­GANCE

Street Trucks - - WORD ON THE STREET -

NO, THIS ISN’T A HEAD­LINE FROM THEONION.COM — IT’S LE­GIT! From the Concours d’ele­gance of Texas: “This 1972 Dat­sun 521 (a pickup from Nis­san’s Her­itage Hall that is af­fec­tion­ately known as Sweet Pea) was hon­ored as a Class Win­ner in the Truck Cat­e­gory at the re­cent Concours d’ele­gance of Texas (COT). The Concours fea­tured a truck class, which is not com­mon in clas­sic car shows.

“Nis­san was a premier spon­sor for this sixth an­nual COT, which was held at the Richard Greene Lin­ear Park in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

“This year’s Concours d’ele­gance of Texas fea­tured 125 of the finest mo­tor­cars in Amer­ica, many sel­dom seen pub­licly. It was a great op­por­tu­nity to see me­chan­i­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion, ele­gance and the best in au­to­mo­tive style—all traits em­bod­ied to some ex­tent by this pris­tine green Dat­sun that comes from an era when small pick­ups were just that, small.”

So what does this mean for own­ers of clas­sic minis, es­pe­cially Dat­suns? Truck en­thu­si­asts have al­ways cov­eted them, but will we see an in­crease in in­ter­est from the gen­eral pub­lic, such as with the Dat­sun Fair­lady/240z? Will prices be­gin to rise and even­tu­ally make Dat­suns and sim­i­lar vin­tage mini-trucks un­af­ford­able? Will you think twice be­fore ’bag­ging/body-drop­ping your old Dat­sun truck? Prob­a­bly not, but buy an ex­tra one and keep it stock, just in case.

We’re just hop­ing to see an in­crease in the num­ber of restora­tion parts avail­able for old Ja­panese trucks. NOS sup­plies are dwin­dling fast, so if these things start get­ting the re­spect they de­serve at the caviar shows and from oth­ers who pre­vi­ously ig­nored them, we might start see­ing some qual­ity re­pro­duc­tion parts down the road.

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