Perhaps you’ve always wanted a Datsun, but find that 240Zs and 510s are annoyingly rear-wheel-drive. Or maybe you find even Skylines and B210s too common. Speaking of under-appreciated JNCs, here’s a 1978 Datsun F10 Wagon on craigslist.
Widely regarded in its time as one of the ugliest cars you could buy in America, the F10 is now a solid member of the “so ugly it’s cute” club. In Japan, it was sold as the Cherry, with slimmer bumpers and a racing pedigree that included both rally and circuit.
Sadly, US versions were saddled with 5 mph bumpers, but because of that it checks all the boxes for the Kousoku Yuen-reading Japanese hipster: the aforementioned picnic benches, wagon body style, and the pièce de résistance, faux wood-grain on the spoiler.
On top of that, it has only 36,000 miles, a proper third-pedal transmission, and you know it was well cared for: When the windshield cracked, the owner even sourced one from New Jersey, across the country. Plus he says it’s always been garaged, and it shows.
Because they were “ugly” and unloved when new, these are rarer than a Kenmeri Skyline today. This one very well be the last of its kind. For $8,000, you can have the only one of its kind in your time zone. See the ad on craigslist.
Hat tip to Tom A.