Lot 6

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1968 Datsun 1600 Roadster

SOLD $50,600


$35,000 - $45,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Comprehensive Restoration Completed in 2013
Original Color Combination
Excellent Mechanical Condition
Show Ready with Numerous Accolades
An Exceptionally Well-Presented Example

Technical Specs

1,600 CC 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Hitachi Carburetors
96 BHP at 5,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Disc Brakes and Rear Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with A-Arm, Coil Springs
Live-Axle Rear Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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This Datsun 1600 SPL311is a perfect example of the model. Appearing here in its original colors of Silver Grey Metallic (code #666) and smart red vinyl bucket seats, this roadster was meticulously restored just last year. Originally purchased in Arizona, the car was quite original at the commencement of the restoration and is what might affectionately be called a “true survivor.” The Datsun was totally disassembled, the body stripped and repainted, and then finished to replicate the factory original presentation. All components were inspected and refurbished to original specifications, with the majority of NOS and replacement parts obtained direct from Datsun Parts in Northridge,California.The brightwork was replated by Frankford Plating in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Trim Specialties of Lambertville, New Jersey, was commissioned to install the canvas convertible top and correct vinyl interior in complementary red. Several desirable upgrades were made to the car during restoration, including the installation of a Datsun five-speed manual transmission to facilitate highway cruising and hidden radio amplifier to make that cruising ultimately more enjoyable. The car has accrued approximately 42,000 miles and only 1,000 since the completion of the restoration.

The consignor has entered the roadster in several events and notably has won First in Class and Best in Show at the Datsun Region Meet at Watkins Glen and the Antique Automobile Club of America Senior Award at Hershey in 2013, after which it was requested for display at the AACA Museum. Numerous awards, badges, and trophies accompany the sale of the car.

The 1600 Roadster is additionally accompanied by its original data plate, documented photo history of the restoration with receipts and records, and several original Datsun publications as well as its original transmission.

This lovely little Datsun 1600 Roadster is the perfect acquisition for a collector who is first and foremost a driver. Ideal for Sports Car Club of America events, this car will match up courageously against its European peers. Equally, the roadster’s excellent cosmetic condition and sporty and original factory colors will present well at any show.

The Datsun 1600 Roadster

The Datsun Roadster, lovingly dubbed the Fairlady in its Japanese home market, was built from 1963 to 1970. Although legend has it that it was designed as a copy of the MGB, in actual fact the Datsun model was launched several months prior to the MGB and therefore, any design resemblance is happenstance. Nevertheless, the car’s main competitors were considered to be the offerings of MG, Triumph, and Fiat.

The Datsun Roadster was extremely popular with over 40,000 being built over its 11 years of production by Nissan in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan. It was, however, considerably less expensive and more reliable than some of its European peers. In 1964, many upgrades were incorporated, engendered partly by Count Albrecht Goertz, and the new SP311and SPL311 models were launched at the Tokyo Motor Show. With a new and more powerful 1,600 cc engine supplanting the 1,500 cc engine and a top speed of 106 mph, the revisions were noteworthy. In the US the new, more desirable roadster was marketed as the Datsun Sports 1600.