The 1977 Datsun 200SX may not have the performance of its ‘Z’ car counterpart, but the fastback styling and sleek body lines gives it a very sporty look. The 200SX was propelled by the 1.95-liter 4-cylinder engine from the Datsun 710 sedan (the 240Z had an inline-6). The 200SX engine was rated at 97 horsepower with 102 pound-feet of torque, but the presence of a 5-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive meant you could extract — and enjoy — all that power while selecting your own gear.
Over 150,000 were sold from 1977 to 1979 in just America alone. In fact America accounted for 2/3 of all 200SX sales.