Reader ride: 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe

By: Michael Graczyk, Photography by: Michael Graczyk

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Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe
Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe
Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe
Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe
Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe
Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe
Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe

As much as Michael loved his Datsun 210 and now misses it, his previous car was a VK Group A Brock Commodore and he says the comparison was like chalk and cheese

 

Michael Graczyk's 1977 Datsun 210 Coupe

I really loved the Datsun, it was such a great little runabout. It was reliable, quite comfy, smooth and best of all it was in absolutely mint condition.

I’d bought it from a lovely old German lady in Penrith (NSW) who had held on to it for sentimental reasons. Her late husband had owned it for years before he died and she
couldn’t let go of it. This made it even more special to own because it had history, it had a great story behind it and the car had been loved.

As much as it was a great car the 210, I’m a horsepower man and the old girl didn’t have a lot of it. I’d owned a VK Group A Brock Commodore before this and yeah, it was definitely a big change.

Chalk and cheese. It had the original in-line six motor with five-speed manual and it was nice to drive, not awesome, but nice. It was complianced as a 240K because of the
transition period between the 210 and 240 – I wish it was a 240 though!

My ownership of the Datto was only 18 months, but it was a great experience. I like to try lots of different cars, I’m always selling and buying so 18 months was a short ownership, but an unforgettable one.

I’m now on the hunt for an XA GT having owned an XW GS Fairmont and XW GT in the past. I’m also a big bike fanatic and own a Ducati 900SS and formerly owned a Ducati 850 race bike which was mental to ride.

I said goodbye to the Datsun a couple of years ago and sold it to a Saudi Arabian buyer.

They love these cars over there and really respect them. I made sure they knew
how special the old girl was. If I’d had a bigger garage… It’s a car I probably should’ve kept, but priorities in life change. I do miss that car.

 


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