1967 Datsun 1600/2000 RoadsterSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $10,000 - $20,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$14,300 Sold

Specifications: 135bhp, 1,982 cc. inline four-cylinder engine (upgraded from 1600 specifications), five-speed synchromesh manual transmission, independent coil spring front and live axle rear semi-elliptic suspension, front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 89.8"

Although their roots date back to 1911, it was not until 1958 that Datsuns were first made available in the United States. With only 84 examples sold that first year, they were certainly not an immediate hit. The following year, when Datsun introduced their model SPL211, a sporty little roadster called the Fairlady, a market for the budding company was found and 1290 Datsuns were sold.

Totally redesigned in 1963, the new Fairlady was intended to compete with the best British roadsters available at the time. It was obvious their chosen moniker was alienating male customers, so in 1965 the Roadster was renamed the 1600, when the old 1,492 cubic centimeter inline four-cylinder engine was replaced with a much more powerful 1,582 cubic centimeter unit.

Midway through the 1967 model year several changes were introduced to the Roadster, and as a result the 19671/2 has become recognized as a separate model from the 1967 and the 1968. Some of these changes included upgraded seats and visors, wider wheels and wheel flares, a revised grille and an improved brake system. However the big news was the introduction of the 19671/2 Datsun 2000, which was identical to the 19671/2 1600 save decals, a larger engine and a new five-speed gearbox. This new 135 horsepower 2.0 liter engine offered significantly more power than equivalent engines by MG and Triumph, and earned Datsun a string of SCCA racing victories in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The 19671/2 Datsun Roadster presented here in silver with a black interior is an original California black plate car. It started life as a 1600 model but was recently fitted with the more desirable Nissan U20 2.0 liter engine, a five-speed transmission and correct 2000 badges. Included in the sale is a blank ID plate, the original California black plate, the shop manual and the owner ĺ s manual. The car is in very nice condition throughout and is said to be an excellent and reliable driver.

In 1968, the windshield of the Datsun Roadster was awkwardly made two inches taller and the attractive and race-inspired dash was replaced with a bland padded dash to meet new safety regulations. As a result, the 19671/2 models are the most rare and sought after of the Datsun Roadster series.

Addendum
Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1968.

Reference Number 7243

as of 2/18/2007

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Car 1967 Datsun 1600/2000 Roadster
VIN SPL31113837 
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