1978 Datsun Violet 140J 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Not exciting, but it got me from A to B


I discovered small areas of rust bubbling up around the boot-lid when I got it home. I should have done a better job of inspecting it before I bought it.

When I sold it the old Violet was consuming a lot of oil, I was topping it up every couple of weeks.

General Comments:

It has to be the most boring looking car I've owned, you could lose it in a large-ish car park.

Handling wasn't particularly good, but the steering and gearbox were OK.

Performance was only so-so, it didn't like to be rushed.

The Violet, in case you can't remember it, was a compact-mid size saloon that was bigger than a Sunny, but smaller than a Bluebird. I believe it was replaced by the Nissan Stanza.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th October, 2003

22nd Dec 2006, 21:33

I have a Datsun 610 (180B in AU/ UK). It looks excellent.

I just purchased a Datsun Violet here in US. It is known as the Datsun 710. 2 door fastback. Looks excellent. Needs engine work, but the body is rust free. I am excited. I love the shape of it, and it is so rare nowadays, it is a jewel.

Check my Car-Domain page, soon I will add the 710 to my garage. It is an excellent car. My 610 (180B) has an L 20B engine OHC. The 710 has a L18 engine, also OHC.

I love Datsun cars, and the Datsun violet (710) is a beautiful car, with history, used in road racing and rally competition all over the world. If you have a Datsun 710, restore it, and their value is going up; it is not just cool, it is an investment.