This rough-looking 1977 Datsun B-210 Honey Bee has an asking price of “only” $1,900 or best offer. It can be found on Craigslist in Riverside, California. Thanks to Pat L for finding this Honey Bee!
Most of these cars that have come up for sale in the last couple of years have been in the $3,000-$5,000ish range, but they’ve been much nicer than this one is. I know that vehicles can and often do rust in California, but I’m surprised at the condition of this car. When the regular Datsun B-210 was too much money for first-time buyers, the Honey Bee was marketed to those folks with its basic-trim and lower price. Speaking of price, I wrote about a similar but worlds-nicer Honey Bee a few months ago that sold for a bit over $3,000 on eBay.
Screeeeeeech! Here’s where most Barn Finds readers move on to the next post.. Wow, yeah, this one is rough. Is it too rough to restore? Sadly, I may be leaning towards that end, even though I love these unusual, inexpensive-when-new B-210 Honey Bees. This one is, just.. dang. The Honey Bee was a low-spec car and this one has the correct wheel covers, or dog dish hub caps. They didn’t come with the honeycomb wheel covers that some folks have put on them, although they really do look good on these cars and they make a lot of sense.
Boy, the interior looks equally rough, doesn’t it? This car will never be restored, unfortunately, I think it’s just well past that happy, storybook ending. Every square inch of the body and interior will have to be restored and that will be probably 2-3 times what the car is worth. And, we haven’t even talked about the engine or drivetrain yet!
Er… well, since there are no engine photos, I’ll leave you with this photo showing probably its best angle. This was the two-door sedan body style, the Honey Bee wasn’t available in the classic B-210 hatchback body style. This one would have had Nissan’s / Datsun’s A14, 1.4L inline-four with 70 hp. A zipping bee it’s not, but for a car that only weighs one ton that’s not bad. The seller says that it runs great with no mechanical problems at all. Can this Honey Bee be saved?