Datsun Violet

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The Datsun Violet (also: Datsun 140J / 160J ) is a mid-range model produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan in two generations from 1973 to 1981 .

Datsun Violet (Type 710/711, 1973–1978)

Datsun Violet Coupé (1973-1976)

The first generation of the Violet was a model derived from the contemporary Nissan Bluebird U610 with rear-wheel drive and rigid rear axles (with the exception of the SSS hardtop coupe, which had rear axle suspension on trailing arms), which was available in Japan as two- and four-door Sedan and two-door hardtop coupe, later also offered as a station wagon.

In Germany, the Violet came as a four-door and coupé in October 1973 under the names Datsun 140J (1.4 liters, 48 ​​kW / 65 PS), 160J (1.6 liters, 52 kW / 72 PS) and 160J SSS Coupé (1, 6 liters, 61 kW / 83 PS) at prices of DM 8,890 to 9,990; in Japan there were also variants with a 1.8-liter engine.

In 1976 the Violet received a facelift (type 711), in the course of which the 1.4-liter was omitted and the previous hatchback of the sedan was replaced by a notchback.

The sports coupé was introduced in Taiwan in 1971 under the name Yue Loong VIP Brougham and produced by the Chinese Yulon Motor Company . The model was very successful there and replaced the Yue Loong Bluebird for eight years . The luxury model was particularly popular among high society and attracted a large number of fans. Even so, the sister model of the Datsun Violet SSS was only produced in a single generation. After that, the model was replaced by the Bluebird in 1979.

Datsun Violet (Type A10 / A11, 1978–1981)

Datsun Violet (1980-1981)

In May 1977, the second generation Violet appeared in Japan, breaking away from the technical basis of the Datsun Bluebird. The body line was much more modern and angular than its rounded predecessor, the leaf springs on the rear axle gave way to coil springs. In Japan there was a four-door notchback sedan, a three-door hatchback coupe and a station wagon with engines from 1.4 to 2.0 liters. From 1980 the five-door hatchback sedan from the range of the virtually identical sister model Datsun Stanza was taken over.

In Germany, from March 1978 sedan and coupé were again offered under the designation Datsun 160J / 160J SSS Coupé, later as Datsun Violet. In the sedan the 1.6-liter four-cylinder developed 61 kW / 83 hp, in the coupé 65 kW / 89 hp. The prices initially ranged from DM 11,495 (sedan) to DM 12,495 (coupé).

In 1980 there was a facelift (type A11), recognizable by the rectangular headlights.

The Violet won the East African Safari Rally four times in a row between 1979 and 1982 and the New Zealand Rally in 1980 ; The successor was the second generation Nissan Stanza .

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  • Automobil Revue , catalog numbers 1975 and 1979