Before the Stanza, there was the (Japanese: Nissan Violet), a sister car to the Nissan Sunny, which sold outside Japan under Nissan's Datsun marque as the Datsun 140J/160J — except in the United States where it was the Datsun 710. This model was built as a 2-door saloon, 2-door coupé, 4-door fastback, 4-door notchback, estate, and van. The Violet was placed above the Nissan Sunny but just slightly below the Nissan Bluebird. Introducing the Violet allowed Nissan to moderately increase the dimensions of the older Nissan Bluebird.
The sporty SSS model has rear independent suspension, others have leaf spring.
This car was assembled in Mexico from 1973–78, and in the relevant markets was known as the Datsun Sedan and Datsun Guayin. It was offered with an optional 3-speed automatic gearbox. It is sometimes referred to as the "bolillo" (white bread) because of its rounded design.
This car shared a platform but remained a rear wheel drive car with the new front wheel drive Nissan Cherry that was developed by Prince Motor Company before the Prince - Nissan merger in 1966.
This vehicle was available for sale around the same time as the first generation Toyota Carina.
In Taiwan the Violet was introduced in 1971 under the name Yue Loong VIP Brougham and have banned the successful Nissan Bluebird for nine years from the market. The VIP Brougham was a luxury version with leather seats and wood interior. Official successor was the Yue Loong Elite 601 which was a sister model to the Nissan 200SX.