Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it?
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Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #1

Junior Boarder
<p>My brother got an inexpensive Datsun diecast as a kid, and not surprisingly, it didn't survive well. He was able to replace it with a mint example not long ago, and just recently I scored this decent copy myself. However, I've only ever seen our copies plus one on-line for sale (and that was at a head-scratching $200), and all of these - save my new one - have five-spoke wheels. This new one I got has Matchbox-esque wheels.</p>
<p>I've only recently learned a bit about Universal and their products, but really don't know a lot, and I was wondering if this Datsun is as rare as the one on-line seller suggests; if so, is this Matchbox wheel-shod example rarer? Would it be earlier or later than the 5-spoke version (I would guess the latter)? Is this mould a re-hash of someone else's (a Tomica, for example)?</p>
<p>Thanks for any help!</p>
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Last Edit: 1 year, 3 months ago by Turbo301.

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #2

Platinum Boarder
Kevin will probably know about Universal toys. I am sure he will answer your questions when he is on-line.
Good luck, Jim, also in Canada

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #3

Platinum Boarder
Try using www.postimage.org for posting picture. Choose the third from the bottom after loading your picture from your computer.

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #4

Junior Boarder
<p>Ah, I've never heard of that utility before. Here goes nothing!</p>
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Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #5

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Yup, those are the thumbnails. You can click on them for a larger picture. You can also upload a larger picture with the Hotlink for Forums, third from the bottom. Here is an example

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #6

Platinum Boarder
Wow, you have tiny pictures. Should be much larger

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #7

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Last Edit: 1 year, 3 months ago by Nobleco.

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #8

Junior Boarder
<p>Nobleco wrote:
Wow, you have tiny pictures. Should be much larger
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<p>When you click on the thumbnail it takes you to the larger image; at least it does for me...</p>
<p>I'm still getting used to the "Postimage" thing, so I don't know all of its features. I think I found the right one, though, so I'll try it next.</p>
Last Edit: 1 year, 3 months ago by Turbo301.

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #9

Junior Boarder
<p>Here, how's this?</p>
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Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #10

Platinum Boarder
Much better and I don't have to click and go somewhere else and then come back here. Also easier to compare pictures like this. NOW you just need to ONLY use the "Quick Reply " button on the bottom right of the page and then don't edit unless you have to. That way the HTML will not appear. Taking out the advertising from ImagePost is a bit harder and takes some practice if you don't know HTML code.
Any idea how old this model is?

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #11

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Nice model, shame that Matchbox didn't go with street cars at this time instead of all the engine poking out of bonnet things they did in the 70's. Not having a go at matchbox as I have quite a few of these models they were what was around during my childhood.

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #12

Junior Boarder
<p>Andy66, I agree, even as a kid I always liked stock, "regular" cars, and hated seeing hot-rodded versions of cars I otherwise would have liked (and, as it turns out, were often done as stock models in earlier years, before I was born). That, and turning cars into taxis or police cars bugged me, too.</p>
<p>As for this Datsun, I'm guessing it'd date from the Kidco era, so late '70s to very early '80s. That'd fit with when my brother got his, too.</p>
<p>Although it's not a common model, I'm a bit surprised at the one site that was selling it for $200. I can't see it being worth that. My example with the different wheels seems to be quite unique, though.</p>
Last Edit: 1 year, 3 months ago by Turbo301.

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #13

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<p>Any idea why these stupid HTML code elements keep showing up in my posts?!</p>
Last Edit: 1 year, 3 months ago by Turbo301.

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #14

Platinum Boarder
you are replying using 'quick reply' right?

Re: Universal Datsun - anyone know anything about it? 1 year, 3 months ago #15

Moderator
That is a nice Datsun, is it a Celica?