You look at some cars and have to wonder: what were they thinking?

Take this 1980s model Datsun/Nissan Bluebird. The model was quite a nice looking bit of gear for the time.

But somehow, somewhere along the line, the person who “did up” this particular Bluebird, how shall we say – lost the plot.

Note the bolt on fender flares, the bonnet scoop and that huge rear wing — wonder how much downforce they got from that at 60km/h?

 

Australia took the rear-wheel drive 910 Bluebird from from 1981 to 1984 with the L20B engine, and from 1985 to 1986 with the CA20S engine — both 2.0 litres in size.

In Australia 130,000 910s were built between 1981 and 1986. The name change from Datsun Bluebird to Nissan Bluebird did not occur until 1983.

The Australian model was a downgraded, locally produced version of the Japanese model with no independent rear suspension, electronic fuel injection, or turbo versions.

However, the cars were offered in a sporty version, known as the TR-X.

The main difference between these Bluebirds and the base models were sporty trim, including an optional front air dam, centre mount aerial, 15-inch alloy wheels, a small rear spoiler, map lights, seats with better bolstering and so forth.

Mechanically, the cars were not much different.

The main differences to be found are rear disc brakes which were shared with the GLX and a 3.9:1 diff ratio compared to the standard 3.7:1.

The 910 was eventually replaced by the Pintara, a locally built vehicle based on the Skyline — but with a four-cylinder engine.

Nissan won the 1982 Australian Endurance Championship for Makes with two factory entered, 910 series Bluebird Turbos.

On September, 29, 1984, George Fury put his Nissan Bluebird Turbo (imported with a Nissan Z turbo engine and fabricated IRS) on pole position for that year’s Hardie 1000 touring car race, with a time of 2:13.850.

Have you spotted a car that’s just downright fugly. Send us your pics: riley@cars4starters.com.au

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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James Hamilton
James Hamilton
2 months ago

I think I had a JB Camira when these Bluebirds were common.