Supposedly this 1976 Datsun B210 is currently owned by Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame. That is interesting, but it doesn’t really do anything for me. The fact that this Datsun has avoided the ravages of rust is what catches my attention. These cars were built to be cheap and efficient forms of transportation so thin steel was used to cut cost and weight. It may of helped with mpg but it didn’t do anything for corrosion resistance. Seeing one on the road today is a rare sight, so you had better take a look at this Honey Bee here on eBay before it buzzes away!
The limited edition Honey Bee was more of a visual package than anything else. Datsun took their most basic stripped out B210 and adorned the sides and rear with a few bee decals. The unique honey comb hub caps on this one are a nice touch too. There is a little rust forming on the bottom of those front fenders, but that isn’t bad considering that this is supposedly the original paint.
If you think the fuel mileage of a new hybrids is impressive, then you will be shocked by what this little bee could do in 1976. 29 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway is respectable even by today’s standards. One secret to its success was this tiny fuel sipping 1400cc inline-four. It may have been small, but with five main bearings, it was tough. This one obviously didn’t see typical Datsun workhorse duty though because it only has 26k on the clock. The seller claims that it was in storage for two decades, but they don’t mention what work has been done to make it road worthy again.
The second secret to its fuel efficiency was low weight. While other manufacturers were cramming every luxury option into their cars, Datsun was stripping them out. There isn’t even any carpet in here! Just black vinyl and lots of it. That helped keep weight down and made the interior durable and easy to clean. There may not be much to look at in here, but we love the concave shape of that dash.
This used to be one of the most fuel efficient and least expensive cars sold in America! Owners did not love them for how they drove, they loved them because of the money they saved. Now for some reason collectors are flocking to get a Honey Bee of their own, so it will be interesting to see if celebrity ownership skyrockets the price of this survivor bee above all the others in the hive!