Back to Bluebird page 1968-1973 1300/1400/1600 (510) 1972-1977 160B 180B (610) 1977-1980 160B 180B (810)

The final incarnation of the RWD Bluebird range arrived in mid 1980, following the elements and trends of both European and American car design. The body styling had finally lost its muscle car, twin circular headlamp high waisted design and embraced a cleaner square rigged style. As before all the body styles had been carried over, including the SSS coupe still featuring the pillarless doors and the twin carb set up. The model continued with same L series engines from the previous generation, with added refinements and updates to help bring the car into the 80’s. The car gained the Bluebird badging for the first time for UK markets and the Nissan badge was far more prominent on the car, an indication to the name swapover and became one of the last Datsuns badged cars to be sold in UK. 28,681 L18 saloons, 16,580 L18 estates, 5501 L16 saloons and 2558 coupes were sold here, making a total of 53,476 cars.

 9101981 UK spec Datsun Bluebird 1.8 GL
 910_11984 UK spec Datsun Bluebird 1.8 GL estate
 910_21982 UK spec Datsun Bluebird

The coupe, which had its SSS name dropped and replaced with GL was dropped in mid 1982, which marked the end of the SSS presence in the UK. The saloon and estate continued with a light facelift, trim and interior improvements. There was some crossover in engine sizes with the T11 Stanza, but the Stanza used a FWD set up with a different range of engines. When the Bluebird became FWD in 1984, both models continued to be sold alongside each other, the U11 Bluebird was available as a 1.8 and 2.0 litre saloon and estate, while the Stanza was sold as a 1.6 and 1.8 litre hatchback. The Bluebird may have appealed to the more ‘Cortina’ minded owner, perhaps due to the relative conservative nature of both Nissan and it’s core customer base in Japan but also the States and Australia, where the car sold well with far larger engines than were offered in the UK. For the first time, a turbo version of the 910 was also available in a 4 door saloon in Japan. the spacious estate and future turbo versions supported a good arguement for the continuing imports of Bluebird in the UK line up for a period. However both the Stanza and Bluebird lines where amalgalated in 1987 and the new design, the T12/T72 Bluebird became the first UK assembled Nissan.

Model History

Bluebird 1.6 (1980-1984)
L Series 4 Cylinder 1595cc OHC
4 door saloon
Bluebird 1.8 (1980-1984)
L Series 4 Cylinder 1770cc OHC
4 door saloon, 5 door estate, 2 door coupe
May 1980
1.6 GL and 1.8 GL 4 door saloons, 5 door estate and 2 door 5 speed coupe
August 1982
New bumpers and side trim, revised instruments. 1.8 GL has 5 speed gearbox standard. Coupe discontinued
May 1984
Replaced replaced by FWD U11