For Sale: 1980 Datsun 720 in Valencia, California

Vehicle Description

1980 Datsun 4X4 King Cab (KHY720) purchased July 24, 1980, from Granada Datsun, CA.  Original interior, engine, and 75% original paint. Factory installed air conditioning (needs refurbishment).  Truck has 5-speed manual transmission, and two speed transfer case (standard and low range) for 4X4 use with lockable front hubs.  Brand new tires installed June/October 2022 with less than 600 miles used.  Datsun sold together with 1982 Pilgrim Cabover Camper Model 780.

Datsun has air shocks and air bags installed for support of camper.  Air bags need replacement but air shocks and air bag springs still working.  Duraliner bed liner and tailgate liner installed shortly after purchase.  Two jump seats, CB radio and one TS3 Platinum Shield truck cover with cable/lock set included with truck purchase.

Pilgrim 780 camper includes propane oven, 3 burner stove, 3-way refrigerator and all camping equipment needed to take to the woods.  Hose lines for water and water discharge included, along with camping porta-potty, 2 folding camp chairs, one kerosene chimney lamp, and 4 jack stands installed on camper for loading/unloading from truck.  Garage dolly included that allows storage inside garage after removal from truck.  Camper easily sleeps 2 adults and 2 children in cab-over bed. 

The truck gross vehicle weight is 4,400 pounds for the  4X4 King Cab model I have.  It is rated for a 1,100 pound payload.  It is 187 inches long, 66.3 inches wide, and unloaded height is 67.1 inches.  It has 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The model 780 Pilgrim camper is 74" wide, 75" tall, and the main cabin is 78" long and the cabover bed 42" long (total length 120").  It has an interior ceiling height of 5' 3.5". The front jack stands are mounted to face out from the camper adding 4" in width each at that point (82" wide at the jacks).  The rear jacks mount facing rearward at the edges of the camper so add nothing to the width there.  The truck bed is 29 inches off the ground but is lowered for mounting the camper by deflating the air shocks to around 26 inches.  Total height of camper on truck is thus approximately 100 inches off the ground to the tops of the air vent cover and refrigerator chimney cover.  It has a 'dry' weight of 760 pounds; 940 pounds 'wet.'  The jack stands add about 280 pounds to that total weight which is why we always removed them for camping trips.

Please NOTE:  This camper was made for a small import truck and has external white/blue siding to match this Datsun truck.  It was the largest camper that would fit inside our garage and was 2 inches lower than the Lance small-truck camper being sold in 1983.  My 5'2" wife could easily stand erect to move about inside this camper, but at 5'7" I had to bend my head slightly until reaching the air vent/escape hatch space in the center of the camper where I too could stand erect.  Following the Japanese/Asian custom we never wore our shoes inside this camper, instead removing our shoes at entry and storing them on the back bumper.  This kept the interior of the camper cleaner when afield, but also reduced our height 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch allowing for better head clearance while inside.  Compared to current campers it is a doll house on wheels that served this family well for dozens of trips.  When camped at a KOA style campground it has an external hose water connection for use while camped, along with an 110 Volt electrical connection for use with the refrigerator and two of four interior lights.  One fluorescent light can be used short term in the woods that runs off the truck's 12 V battery located in the ceiling over the dining table, and another 12 V light in the ceiling of the top cab-over bed.  We always used flashlights and a single glass kerosene chimney lamp afield.  The propane tank in the camper provides fuel for the stove/oven and refrigerator while camped in the woods.  Due to its compact nature, adults in the 120-195 pound weight range (one each), 5'2"-5'7", and two children no taller than 5' can easily negotiate this camper.  The dinning table accommodates 2 adults and 2 children easily and when time comes for bed it is taken off its post and makes up the base of the lower bed.  We always had the children sleep in the cab-over bed so they could retire first and be out of the way when we made up the lower bed.  We never used an external power generator since they were too noisy and cumbersome to deal with.  The 4 jack-stands mounted on the camper for loading/unloading MUST BE REMOVED after mounting on the truck when camping due to weight limitations.  Leveling the truck afield involved locking the front hubs, putting it into 4WD low-range, and them climbing atop a suitable rock placed on the side needing raising. For KOA camping we did not fill the inside water tank until we headed for the woods after the campground visit using water from the campground to do that.  This truck/camper combination worked well for us following these common sense weight limitations.

Both Datsun and 780 Camper have been garage-kept since purchased and have never been stored outside of our garage.  They have shared the same garage since purchase with exception of time the Datsun spent in Flagstaff, AZ.

Datsun is road-ready having just returned to its original home in California after 500 mile trip from Flagstaff this past October.  Has AZ registration/title.

Asking $12,780 OBO for both Datsun and Pilgrim Model 780 Camper.  Must be sold together since the Datsun is wired and outfitted to carry the camper.  Truck with camper has been as far east as Wichita, KS and north as Crater Lake, OR and Yellowstone/Grand Tetons/Bryce and Zion National Parks.

Current actual mileage after return to CA from AZ is 76,648 miles.

Included with sale are $300 (3 gallons) of German made synthetic motor oil, several oil filters and air filters, and spare parts acquired when still available commercially for use if needed on our frequent trips away from civilization.  Several sets of extra windshield wipers are also included.

For interested collector/owner, complete paper trail exists for all items listed above and 4 original mint condition Datsun catalogs announcing the introduction of their 1980 4X4 King Cab truck, along with one blue/gold lettering original CA 1980 license plate for this Datsun truck.  Additional pictures available to buyer upon request.

This truck easily passed all CA smog checks during the time it was registered in CA and copies of each test with results are available to buyer.

Vehicle Details

  • 1980 Datsun 720
  • Listing ID: CC-1679876
  • Price: $12,780 (OBO)
  • Location:Valencia, California
  • Year:1980
  • Make:Datsun
  • Model:720
  • Exterior Color:White
  • Interior Color:Blue/Medium blue
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Engine Size:Inline 4
  • Odometer:76648
  • Trim Level:Standard
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Unrestored
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • Seat Material:Vinyl
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Part-time 4WD
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