Photo of the Day: Check out this sweet Datsun 521 Pickup Truck

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While the TFL crew was attending the 2014 Easter Jeep Safari, we caught a glimpse of a (possibly 1971) Datsun 521 pickup Truck. Sweet – no? It either has a J13 or J15 engine. The J13 made around 63 horsepower and the J15 made about 77hp. The Datsun 521 Pickup was a cleaner, more elegant update of the Datsun 520 Pickup.

What grabbed my attention was the overall shape of this truck. The green color looks pretty good and I bet it’s the same paint as when new.

The Datsun 521 Pickup differed from the Datsun 520 in that it has flatter body panels. There was a “Ute” version, the Datsun U521 and a van as well. The U521 had a single-piece body and a small, open bed. It looked like a car with a missing trunk-lid, but it was still a truck.

While I still prefer the Datsun 620 and 720 (you can read about them here), the Datsun 521 was a slick little truck with a small following in the United States.

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Nathan Adlen brings an uncompromising passion and love for cars to TFLcar & Truck. Not only does Nathan add his talents to this website,he also works with Roman to review cars for the TFLcar & TFLTruck channel. Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.
Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.