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P610 180B (Mk4 Bluebird)

1 Oct 1972

Datsun’s heyday started here. Riding on the back of the 1600 (as well as the image enhancing 240Z, compact 1200 and later 240K models), its 180B replacement enjoyed a spectacular run of sales in Australia from the onset.

It also featured most of the 1600’s attributes, like independent rear suspension, but weight blunted its chuckability.

This time a four-door sedan (in Deluxe and GL guises) and a two-door SSS coupe were introduced.

The new L18 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine was mated to a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic gearbox, with the SSS going to a five-speed manual during ’75.

In early ’74 wrap-around front indicators, new tail-lights and cabin trim changes heralded a range-wide facelift, while a (fully imported, not locally manufactured) luxury GX sedan arrived in November ’74.

Running late in June ’75 was a GX wagon, followed by a minor trim and grille facelift in 1976.

The 180B proved popular right to its demise in October ’77, when the P810 200B range arrived.

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