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B210

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Category: Datsun B210

Datsun model series B210 was the third-generation Sunny. They were sold during Model years 1974-1978 and marketed in various countries as the Datsun B-210 or Datsun Sunny. In some countries it was designated Datsun 120Y or Datsun 140Y, depending on the engine fitted. The B210 was designed to be more luxurious than the spartan B110, so it has a 40mm longer Wheelbase with some models considerably heavier than the original Datsun 1200.

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Overview

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It is common to confuse the "Datsun B-210" (B210) with the "Datsun 210" (B310), but they are different generations altogether, sold during different years. For more details and how the Sunny family developed, see History of Datsun 1200.

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Brochure

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Variations

Model Prefix
 B210 base engine (A12)
HB210 High engine (A14) USA, heavy-duty suspension (13" wheels)
HB211 High engine (A14) JDM, light-duty suspension (12" wheels)
PB210 Excellent 1400, 1974-1975 with L14 engine
GB211 Excellent 1600 (L16) from 1976 February
Album: Prefix & Suffix Codes

ID Plates

Chassis Identification under-hood plates

Album: Australia-assembled ADR plate
See main article: Australia-assembled

B210 USA-market 1400
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B210 Japan-market "Sunny 1200"
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B210 South Africa "140Y"
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B211 Japan-market "Sunny 1400" (A14)
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H72 = 1975 B210 with A14 engine (Applied Model Codes)
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78HP A14 (H73) 1977 5-speed coupe with electronic ignition (non-California)
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1974 Canada with A13 engine
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Models

  • #B210 4-dr sedan
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  • B210R 2-dr sedan
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  • KB210 Coupe (in hatchback form, unlike KB110 fastback which had no hatch)
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  • VB210 2-dr Wagon (van)
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  • Truck: the 120Y Truck is actually a 1200 Truck, not a B210-based model
    See B120 bakkie
  • VB210 Panel Wagon (some countries) -- not offered in Japan
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Series

B210 could be divided into two series.

EARLY (1974-1975 models)
* small suspension & brakes
* non-chrome (black or gray) bumpers (USA)
LATE (1976-1978 models)
* larger suspension & brakes
* blackout tail panel
* chrome bumpers (USA)
* New Grille with a clearly rectangular center section

Early Sedan Grille:
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Early Coupe Grille (also used by USA Sedans):
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Late Sedan grille (also used by USA coupes)
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Late Coupe Grille

Trim

* Standard - least expensive model
* Semi-Deluxe - for Vans
* Deluxe - upgraded model
* Super-Deluxe - for Vans
* GL (Grand Luxe) - luxury model
* GX (Grand Luxe special), available as 4-dr or Coupe
  * JDM: Highest trim level
    * Some GX models had the A12T or A14T twin-carb engine
    * Other GX models had the A12S or A14S single-carb engine
  * USA: GX models had a standard A14S (single-carb engine)

120Y GX Malaysia
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Common rectangular-gauge dash (GL Sedan pictured):
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High-line round-gauge dash (JDM Coupes DX/GL/GX and GX Sedan):
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GX

GX (Grand Luxe special), available as 4-dr or Coupe (only as Coupe for North America).

JDM: Highest trim level
* Some GX models had the A12T or A14T twin-carb engine
* Other GX models had the A12S or A14S single-carb engine
North America
* All 1976-1978 coupes were GX with single-carb A14S engine
* GX was not offered 1973-1975

Japan GX | badges | blackout rear panel | side lamps | hubcaps | blackout grille

Album badges, blackout rear panel

Album: highline gauges

Album: side lamps, blackout grille

Album: hubcaps

USA

Early 5-speed coupes were DX models. For 1978 both a DX and a GX coupe was sold both badged "B210GX" in USA.

GX was the highest trim level, included more gauges and carpet.

STD Standard rubber mat 2drs 1975.5 up
* includes Honeybee
DX Deluxe most USA B210s
GL Grand Luxe - not sold in USA
GX some coupes from Dec 1976

Design

The B210 was the third-generation Sunny, replacing the B110. The theme for the B210 re-design included:

  • improvement "to be more likeable and satisfactory to a greater number of people".
  • Exterior design: style of "Streamline and a Cut" with "Young and Dynamic" image -- instead of the "rational" styling of the B110. "Sharp and Soft" atmosphere, "Long-nosed proportion" (long wheelbase?), and "Streamed and Dynamic" style.
  • Interior design: "Oval Scoop Cockpit"
    • Increased driver roominess. Front compartment larger, rear compartment smaller
  • Quieter operation (reduced NVH)

The side panel is finished by plum faces and sharp folds all over, and the stream of the fold and roof drip like an ebbing wave keeps sharpness in the free and easy touch.
reference: Service Bulletin Vol. 188 "Introduction of New Datsun B210 Series", Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 1973.

Others have simply called it "coke-bottle" styling -- dynamic with a pinched waist.

One oddity about the B210 is that the bonnet latch release was moved from inside the car to outside. In this feature it was inferior to the B110. By 1976 it was moved back inside.

Bonnet

HOOD PANEL ASSY
65100-H5000 1973-1975 [power bulge]
65100-H7200 1976-1978 [slightly scalloped around headlights?]
65100-H5800 Excellent [center crease, scalloped around headlights]

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Excellent (early and late)
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Bumpers

See B210 Bumpers

Grille

See B210 Grille

Badges

See main article: B210 Badges

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Front Lights

Also see: Front_Combination_Lamp#B210

Worldwide B210 had front combination lights just below the B210 Bumpers, with cutouts in the bumper for clearance.
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North America B210 had front combination lights in the grille.
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Japan: All red with two bulbs
* type 1073 bulb 26717-89900 (23W) for turn signal 
* 26715-89920 (8/3.2W)
Australia: Amber and clear
26126-H6100 LH [Ever Wing PL-4646E]
26121-H6100 RH [Ever Wing PL-4645E]
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Europe: Amber and clear
North America: All amber with single bulb
* Single type 1034 bulb (26717-89920, 12V-23/8W)

Fog Lamps

Worldwide also offered Fog Lamps options (not available in North America where the combo lamps were in the grille)
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Side Lights

H50 vertical style
H58 parallelogram style (PB210 & GB211)
A55 Export horizontal style (amber lens, H62/H72 assy)
A55 North America rear reflector (red lens) (H69 coupe/H72 sedan)

H50 Japan market Datsun B210 Flasher lamp
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H58 Sunny Excellent style
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Export B210 Side Lamp uses the 240Z pointed-rectangular lenses & trim. Same as late 510 in USA. North America models did not flash, only used as running lamps/reflector.

Australia
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North America rear side reflector
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Tail Lights

B210 SEDAN
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26551-H6200 USA (perhaps a different reflective standard?)
26551-H5000 JDM (looks the same as USA)

Sedan with rear-mounted number plate
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B210 L-16 powered SEDAN
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B210 COUPE
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B210 L-engine-powered COUPE
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VB210 Van (Wagon)
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Interior

The B210 DX Steering Wheel was re-used in the 1978-up Datsun 1200 Pickup
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Dash

See main article: B210 Gauges

Most B210 models used a "modern" square-gauge dash (GL Sedan pictured):

High-line round-gauge dash (JDM Coupes. GX Sedan also):

Markets

Australia

Some B210 sedans were Australian-assembled
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JDM

In the Japan market, B210 was marketed as Sunny.

B210 - the original design
* from 1973 to late 1975 
B211 - the redesign (minor facelift)
* Sedan, Coupe from December 1975
* Van continues as B210, but upgraded in October 1975

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New Zealand

120Y
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North America

In North America, the B210 was marketed as the "B-210" (with a hyphen). NOTE: It was not the 210, that is a newer Datsun.

See main article: B210 Year Changes
Also See:
* Emission Controls
* A-series Engine Changes

South Africa

B210 was sold 1977-1980 in South Africa with market names 120Y, 140Y and 160Y.

See main article: South Africa

South America

Bolivia 120Y

B210

4-door sedan

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Powertrain

Engine

Most B210s outside of North American were fitted with the redesigned A12 engine, hence the 120 in "120Y". North American models were fitted *only* with the high-line engines, namely the A13 for 1974, and the A14 for 1975-1978.

USA GX models use the single-carb engine (A14S). Some JDM GX models used the A12S or A14S single carb engine, and some used twin-carb engines (A12T or A14T).

Transmission

A12 and A13 models were fitted with the 56-Series Transmission, a four speed. A14 models, having extra torque, required a heavier-duty transmission so the the 60-Series Transmission 4-speed was fitted.

A12T Five-speed models (GFK, 1973-1974) used the 56-series 5-speed.

A14 Five-speed models (GFK, 1976-1978) used the large 63-Series Transmission.

Differential

1974-1975 models with A12 and A13 models used the Hitachi H145 differential.

A14 models used the H150 differential, which was rated to cope with the extra torque.

1976-1978 models all used the H150, including A12 models.

Brakes and Suspension

All North American B210s used the large disk brakes from the PB210 series, along with heavy-duty steering linkage from the Datsun 610.

Early A12 models used front drum brakes and lightweight steering linkage. 76-78 A12 models used a lightweight disc brake with heavy duty steering linkage.

Spring rates are nearly identical to Datsun 1200, even though the B210 was 20-25% heavier. This resulted in a noticeably smoother ride.

Special Versions

120Y

The 120Y was not another name for B210, but indicated only the A12-powered version of the B210. In many countries it was the only B210 offered. In some countries the 120Y was offered alongside the 140Y (A14-powered) and 160Y (L16-powered).

North America

North American (Canada/USA) B210s have 610 based front suspension and steering, including wheels and tires. It also has 610 engine crossmember modified for A-series mounts and a 610 style mid-sump oil pan on its A13/A14 engine. These changes are similar to the PB210.

By contrast the 120Y (A12-powered B210) does not have any 610 parts.

L-series Powered

PB210 (L14 engine) and GB210 (L16 engine) were marketed in Japan as "Sunny Excellent" and South Africa as 140Z/160Z.

See main article: PB210

B210 SSS

Datsun-Nissan New Zealand sold a special model, the SSS.

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Honey Bee

The Datsun B-210 Honey Bee was a special low-cost model offered in the United States. It was the low-spec Standard model with no carpeting, but could be had with a special stripe and Bee decal. Its goal was to sell to a young, first time buyer who could not afford a regular B210. Honey Bee was only offered as a 2-dr sedan.

See main article: B210 Honey Bee

Colors

See B210 Colors

Fuel Economy Champions

B210 was consistently at or near the top of the fuel ecomony leaders.

 See main article: B210 Fuel Economy

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Donor Parts

Many 510 and 610 steering, suspension and brake parts fit B210

* For a list of parts that fit the B210, see B210 Parts
* For a list of B110 parts that be taken from B210, see B210 Parts Donor.

Sales Literature

Also see:
* B210 Magazine Articles
* B210 Advertisements
* B210 Brochures
* PB210

Photo Galleries

ddgonzal's photobucket: B210

Drawings

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