Rare Bushmaster: 1984 Nissan 720 4×4

If vintage Toyota 4Runners have gotten too pricey for you, let me present an almost-as-expensive Nissan 720 4×4 “Bushmaster” edition. This is a seriously obscure model but it does provide the super-cool combination of four-wheel-drive and a huge backseat on which to take a nap or an all-night snooze when the day concludes. The Bushmaster was an aftermarket creation that you could order through your local Nissan/Datsun dealer, but apparently, it wasn’t a big seller considering how rarely they come up for sale. Find this rare Bushmaster here on craigslist for $25,000 near Washington, D.C.

I’d love to know why this didn’t become a more popular body style – the combination of a two-door pickup truck with an enclosed bed area and a rear seat that can be made into a sleeping surface. Consumers clearly liked the idea of a two-door pickup truck that was seemingly campsite-ready. The Chevrolet Blazer Chalet is a great example of this, and as we’ve seen lately, the price tag for a good one has climbed significantly. Although the 4Runner and Bushmaster weren’t marketed as campers, you could clearly make do inside for sleeping quarters if need be. This one has clearly been treated to the good life based on how clean the interior remains.

The 720 pickups were generally as reliable and overbuilt as the Toyotas of the same era, so I have little doubt this one will be quite cheap to run over the long term. The seller notes the engine has been recently rebuilt, so it likely has many good years of camping and cruising left in it.  The seller notes it has been lightly restored over the past year and that loads of mechanical work have been carried out. This includes new front brakes, rebuilt rear drums, rebuilt carburetor, new rear axles, new fuel tank, new clutch, new starter, and more. The seller says the interior has also been redone although he clarifies the seats are still the originals.

Incredibly, the paint is still original. The bed cap looks to be in good shape and the Nissan retains its OEM painted steel wheels. Even the factory pinstripe is still there! Despite all the mechanical work performed, this was clearly still a survivor truck that was looked after before ending up with the seller. The lack of rust in the fender wells is also encouraging, and seeing no off-road modifications lends further hope that this trail-ready rig wasn’t abused off the pavement for decades before being discovered by the seller. It’s a bit obscure and $25,000 will buy you a decent 4Runner, so I’m not sure if this represents a good value – but it certainly may be one of the best Bushmasters left.

Comments

  1. nlpnt

    Truly massive rear legroom since it’s built on the long wheelbase, using a King Cab as a starting point (the pre-1984 Toyota conversions were based on shortbeds, as were most factory SUVs that didn’t shorten the wheelbase even further). Probably made it more expensive new since the King Cab would’ve been the priciest possible starting point.

    It’s surprising they didn’t trade some of that rear legroom away for width by moving the seat forward putting it fully ahead of the wheelwells.

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    • bull

      Look at the rear floor and the step up where the rear seat is mounted.

      Pretty obvious why the rear seat is placed where it is!

  2. SirRaoulDuke

    That is seriously cool.

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  3. Car Nut Tacoma Washington

    Beautiful looking truck. I remember when the Nissan truck looked like this. I was too young at the time to drive a car.

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  4. bull

    I have a 85 Bushmaster that needs restored that will be up for sale soon.

  5. man ' war

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  6. Eric

    I’m the owner of this Bushmaster and pulled all my advertising down after BarnFinds had already highlighted the truck. The reason the ads were pulled is because the truck will be auctioned off on BringATrailer.com in a few weeks. Interested buyers can find it there soon with over 150 photographs and video documenting the restoration/build.

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