Kidney, Anyone? 38,000-Mile Datsun 720 King Cab Pickup

It’s not often that you see an old Datsun pickup that isn’t trundling down the slow lane, sagging under the weight of a landscaping crew’s livelihood. These trucks were workhorses, and affordable ones at that, so it’s pretty darn amazing to see an original 1982 Datsun 720 King Cab 4WD pickup with only 38,000 miles on the clock.

We’re sad that it’s not a snazzier retro color instead of silver, but this thing is still cherry. The 620 was one of the best looking pickups ever made but the 720 charged into the next decade with contemporary styling — ie, boxy, boxy boxy! “Well yeah,” your saying, “It’s a pickup,” but we’ll chalk it up to the 80s.

I mean, even the dash is all squares and straight edges. Look at the gauges, the console, the vents, even the armrests. Frankly we’re shocked that the steering wheel was allowed to be round. Nevertheless, it’s a fine specimen of Japanese dromedary that’s all but extinct. Where can you even buy a small pickup nowadays? Gone are the Nissans and Toyotas, not to mention the Mazda B-series, Mitsubishi Mighty Maxes, and even the Isuzu Pup.

And what might be the asking price for this blue-plate special? Bob Smith Toyota of La Crescenta, California wants about $8,000 for it. That’s probably not far what what it cost when new, and a restored ’79 Toyota 4WD pickup recently sold for $12,500 (Or if you prefer earlier ones there’s a pair of Datsun 521s available as well). The owner probably traded it in for a gargantuan new Tacoma or something.

Thanks to Jeff L. for the tip.

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12 Responses to Kidney, Anyone? 38,000-Mile Datsun 720 King Cab Pickup

  1. Tj said:

    Someone needs to check this thing for a flux capacitor.
    Theres no way that thing could have survived all these years with out time travel!

  2. BIG O said:

    my father bought one just like this one and promised it to me,one day a girl rearended it and totaled it.I never saw it again.

  3. Nigel said:

    One of my favorites, just needs to be slammed !!

  4. seventhskyline said:

    Nothing wrong with the silver, just needs some of the factory option stripes/graphics. I’ve seen some blue or orange gradient stripe kits on Aussie ones, would suit it to a tee!

    Oh, and some cragar white spokes or similar.

  5. Kieran said:

    “Where can you even buy a small pickup nowadays? Gone are the Nissans and Toyotas, not to mention the Mazda B-series, Mitsubishi Mighty Maxes, and even the Isuzu Pup”

    You can buy the Isuzu Dmax, The BT50 is sold here but not in the US I dont believe and the Mitsu Triton is semi small….

    • Ben said:

      Unfortunately none of those are available in the US :( Mitsubishi got a rebadged Dodge Dakota a few years back… shoulda just brought the Triton in.

  6. Tyler said:

    Beautiful example, and quite the offroad stance for a small truck! It’s just begging for some bigger tires.

  7. Nigel said:

    Just where I come from, if I still lived in South Africa slamming it would not even cross my mind. But the neighbourhood I grew up in here in Canada they slammed everything from Chevettes’s to Samurai’s. (Just tarmac, no dirt or gravel).

  8. alveen kumar said:

    wow this thing looks mint.i still have a brand new grill n marker lites 4this truk.anyone needing it hola me back.alveen 240/610 retro in bc canada

  9. Jim Bowman said:

    I have an ’82 and I love it. Still lumbering under a ton of landscaping rocks.