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Nissan Bluebird 180B General Information

In the early 1970s the Datsun Bluebird could be regarded as an upmarket version of the Datsun Violet. The differences to the Violet in size and shape were much smaller than was the case with later Bluebird turn Primera models. The Bluebird 180B was on the market at the same time as the Violet 160J. The 180B was usually seen in a 2-door version. Actually both the 4-door and 2-door versions had nearly a coupé shape. The 2-door version had the additional model code "KP710".

Note: I have to admit to struggle identifying Datsun models. Trust the Japanese to call a model "Datsun Violet 160J KP710" (Sorry to say it this way, but it is not only Nissan/Datsun, another official Japanese model name: Fuji Heavy Industries Impreza WRX STI Type-RA, not to forget the 22B/GC suffix for the generation). Further, the nice attachments as "120Y, 160J, 180B..." do on occasions identify a whole model range, on other occasions just a small variation of a model. 180B is a 1.8 litre Bluebird, so far nice idea! A 240RS however is only the top range 2.4 sports version of the Silvia S110! On the Fairlady, where the "Z" is even more famous than its model name, the 240Z & 260Z indeed identifies the engine size. In turn the Silvia 200SX, the successor of the S110/240RS, this again is in all variations called 200SX, even though it is only available as a 1.8 Turbo or a 3.0 V6! If you are still not confused, for a while Datsun rallies the models "Violet GT" & "Violet GTS" alongside each other. But while the Violet GT is a derivate of the Violet 160J PA10(!), the Violet GTS is not a Violet at all, but a re-badget Silvia! And of that Silvia soon versions are rallied that indeed are called Silvia. Sorry, I myself find this confusing, and the situation is not helped when during research I obviously don't have photos with every single entry.

Sorry, if I admit to struggle with Datsun model codes, here an update how I make sense of it: The P*10 identified a model series over many generations. While the P110 & P210 were based on Austins, from P310 onwards these cars were sold on several markets as the Datsun Bluebird. In rallying we have a Datsun 510, which indeed was a P510 shell that was sold in USA as the Datsun 510, but on other markets as the Bluebird. The P610 was also a Bluebird, but short lived and sold mainly in Japan. This gives us as the international successor of the P510 the P710, which however now suddenly was marketed as the Violet! With the introduction of the P710 the Bluebird became a different model that was meant to range above the P710 Violet. In USA and Canada you find these cars officially called 510 and 710, making it somehow obvious the 710 is the successor of the 510, but on other markets it wasn't! The case not helped by Datsun introducing another number system to identify engine sizes. We indeed have the next generations Bluebird with internal codes 810 & 910, but these were strictly internal codes with the according models, depending on engine, being called Bluebird 160B/180B/200B. In contrast to the Violet 140J/160J range, that on some markets wase officially sold as the Datsun 710. And when the P710 Violet was replaced by the PA10 Violet, hence running out of numbers after the P, that generation Violet was a much different, much straighter, much more modern design which Datsun liked to underline by publicly calling it the (P)A10-Series. Interestingly after the PA10 Datsun/Nissan abolished these P*10 chassis codes completely. So please forgive me, but the way Datsun handled this it only seems logical to mix up Bluebird and Violet models.

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Nissan Bluebird 180B Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Nissan Bluebird 180B 1800SSS (73-0) 160/6800 190/500 4215.1600.1390 1020 (6.4) RWD (2500)
Nissan Bluebird 180B KP710 (73-0) 160/6800 190/500 4215.1600.1390 1020 (6.4) RWD (2500)

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Nissan Bluebird 180B Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
21st. 2007 IRC Safari Rally I. Freestone R. McLean #44 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1976 WRC Safari Rally S. Singh D. Haworth #18 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1976 WRC Safari Rally H. Kallström . UNKNOWN #10 [UNKNOWN] 4:49:00
6th. 1976 WRC Rally of Finland T. Salonen J. Markkula #13 [UNKNOWN] 4:20:06
7th. 1975 WRC Safari Rally J. Hellier K. Shah #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1975 WRC Rally Morocco A. Ambrosino J. Bureau #82 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal S. Mehta Y. Mehta #7 [UNKNOWN] 7:10:30
6th. 1975 WRC Rally of Finland T. Salonen J. Markkula #15 [UNKNOWN] 2:58:11
11th. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Kallström G. Phillips #15 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Dawson K. Gormley #48 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1974 WRC Safari Rally R. Aaltonen W. Stiller #16 [UNKNOWN] 13:46:00
5th. 1974 WRC Rideau Lakes Rally . Jones . Hathaway #141 [UNKNOWN] 5:21:10
12th. 1973 WRC Safari Rally Z. Remtulla N. Jivani #15 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
2nd. 1973 WRC Safari Rally H. Kallström C. Billstam #9 [UNKNOWN] 6:46:00
4th. 1973 WRC Safari Rally T. Fall M. Wood #19 [UNKNOWN] 9:14:00

Nissan Bluebird 180B Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1977 WRC Safari Rally S. Mehta M. Doughty #5 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1977 WRC Safari Rally F. Tundo I. Smith #30 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1977 WRC Safari Rally J. Shah N. Eisa #44 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Safari Rally Y. Iwashita . UNKNOWN #24 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Safari Rally S. Mehta M. Doughty #5 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1976 WRC Safari Rally J. Shah . UNKNOWN #48 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Finland M. Alen I. Kivimäki #3 [UNKNOWN] SS23 crash
Ret. 1975 WRC Safari Rally P. Shiyukah . UNKNOWN #49 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Swedish Rally H. Kallström S. Boström #9 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1974 WRC Safari Rally P. Shiyukah . UNKNOWN #60 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1973 WRC USA Press on Regardless Rally T. Unknown G. Phillips #112 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine