1974 Nissan Sunny B310 and 1979 Nissan Sunny B310 – Mostly Sunny With A Chance Of Race – Super Street Magazine

31 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 1974 Nissan Sunny B310 and 1979 Nissan Sunny B310 – Mostly Sunny With A Chance Of Race – Super Street Magazine

One Man, One Love and a Whole Lotta’ Sunnys

One of the things I most enjoy about being an editor at the best tuner mag ever is getting to show you readers cars that I like, especially rare machines like these Nissan Sunnys. The Sunny B310, or Datsun 210 as it was sold in the US, is a very rare car to begin with. Even in Southern California where we have an abundance of JDM classics, I’ve only ever seen two examples while driving.

Seeing them outfitted with vintage old stock race parts anywhere outside of Japan is almost impossible, which leads us to the world famous Sunny tuner Pit Road.

Although I spend most of my time reading Super Street, when I’m not working on this magazine I’m usually spending time reading Japanese books (or rather looking at the pictures) and my favorite JDM pub hands-down is G-Works. For those of us spoiled enough to live in LA a simple trip to the Japanese bookstore is all we need to get our JDM fix. Each month G-Works features the most amazing classic cars Japan has to offer.

Features are towards the front, followed by in-depth tech and DIY articles and then event coverage in the back. One of the events I always look forward to are the JCCA (Japanese Classic Car Association) vintage races, particularly the TS Cup Race where I first found Pit Road.

The TS Cup is one of the more popular enthusiast race events in Japan and is comprised primarily of Sunnys (B110 and B310) and Starlets (KP61) and is run on a strict rule set to even the playing field. The rules are also written to encourage participants to keep their cars as close as they can to the original race machines of the 1970s and even modifications like wild fluorescent paint jobs are illegal unless special permission has been granted from the JCCA.

It seemed that the Sunnys associated with Pit Road were always at the front of the pack, often winning and setting the fastest lap of the race. It wasn’t long before I was daydreaming of one day owning a Sunny of my own, and thus I began scouring Craigslist for a chassis and familiarizing myself with parts catalogs from Pit Road and body parts manufacturer Restored.

Soon after I realized that although a chassis could be had for less than $1000, it would cost over 20x’s that actually build the car to a level that even approached a TS Cup contender. Alas the dream was put on hold but my admiration for Pit Road stayed well intact and it wasn’t until this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon that the spark went off again.

Although they are amazing cars, over the past year we’ve had a massive influx of Hakosukas, Kenmeris and Fairladys and this year I really wanted to step away from the mainstream and find a classic that was truly something special. When I found the #22 Restored/Pit Road Sunny at the G-Works booth I knew it fit the bill perfectly.

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