(Cross-posted from the eBay Motors Blog)
Registered and kept in storage for many, many years by the owner of West Coast Choppers, Jesse James, is a Japanese import from the seventies that still has its original white paint and “Honey Bee” stickers. Today’s remarkable find is this 1976 Datsun B210 Honey Bee Barn Find!
Exported as the Datsun B-210 in North America, the third generation (1973–1978) Nissan Sunny was extremely popular because it debuted during the gas crisis of the 1970s. Believe it or not, this low-mileage Japanese import with its 4-speed manual transmission will get 35 – 40 mpg according to the seller. During the 70’s the B-210 continued to be the fuel-economy leader in North America with an EPA rating of 50 mpg for B-210s that had the 5-speed manual transmission and was one of the least expensive cars available of that period.
Sold only in North America, the “Datsun Honeybee” was a limited edition B-210 that featured minor aesthetic differences to the regular B-210. It was the least expensive offering in the 1976 B210 lineup, and the only special-edition model of the era that eliminated special features instead of adding them. Simplification had Datsun deleting the carpets and wheel covers, substituting blackwall tires, eliminating the reclining seats, removing the armrests, yanking off the moldings, and upon reaching North American shores, applying a sassy side stripe and a little bee on the fender.
The interior could use some work, but it has the original Datsun radio, a headliner in good condition, and all factory panels intact. The dashboard has cracks and the driver’s seat needs to be reupholstered, otherwise the interior is in fair shape. The original service books and manuals are included, and the motor looks all stock.
Quite an interesting find, but we like the original paint, color, personalized license plates, and condition. If you want it, you better get in line before someone buys it outright or hope the auction continues until it closes on Sep 26, 201315:06:26 (PDT). Click here to go to the auction page.
Happy (eBay) motoring!