ByMurilee Martinon March 2, 2020
Junkyard Finds, partly because it began the decade as asporty rear-wheel-drive cousin to the Z-Carand ended it asa swanky front-wheel-drive pseudo-luxury machineâ€¦ but mostly because these cars came stuffed full of the quirky futuristic technology that made Japanese cars so interesting duringThe Turbo Decade.
Here’s a high-mile ’87 Maxima I spotted in anEast Bayself-service yard last month.
Mercedes-Benz,Toyota, andHondacars (withthe occasional Volvothrown in for good measure), but Nissan did a great job withthe first generation of front-wheel-drive Maximasand they held together very well. This car racked up about 10,339 miles per year for 33 years, and I’ll bet it was still a runner when it showed up here.
no-proofreader-ever-checked-this hyphenationof the label of the SECU-RITY indicator lamp. I’m sure this started life as a single Japanese character, and then someone in Yokohama plugged in the English translation andmade it fit. I’ve collected several dozen of these lights for my nextstupid car-parts boombox project.
Datsun 810became theDatsun 810 Maximabecame theDatsun Maximabecame theNissan MaximaÂ during the 1978-1984 period, and throughout this time the car retained an engine closely related to the one in the Z-Car of the time. Here’s the VG30 V6 of the 300ZX (with slightly fewer horses), flipped 90 degrees and driving the front wheels.
Today’s automotive world is filled with compromise. To get luxury and performance, you have to sacrifice value.Nissan disagrees.
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