1969 DATSUN SPORT 1600 CONVERTIBLE
Designer: Count Albrecht Goertz
Fall 2015 / eMarket Estimate: $11,000 - $15,000
Chassis Number: SPL3112235
Decoded: S=Special; P=1600 CC engine; L=Left Hard Drive; 311;Sport 1600 2233=Unit sequence.
Engine: 1592cc OHV in-line 4-cylinder.
2XSU 38mm Carburetors/96 bhp
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Hydraulic Front Disc and rear Drum Brakes
Popular Early Japanese Sports Machine
Attractive and Fully Functional
Dependable Road-Worthy Two-Seater
The Model –Since the early 1960’s, Datsun/Nissan had been produced in limited numbers, a little two-seater sports car marketed as the Fairlady. In 1965, a new improved edition was released powered by the dependable R16 in-line four, but beefed up with a pair of SU carburetors. In the USA, this new edition of the Fairlady SP311 was marketed simply as the Datsun 1600. The car had a modern contemporary look to it riding on 14” wheels it fit in well in the American landscape where the majority of these cars were exported to. For 1968, a number of improvements were applied to the 1600, some cosmetic and some for a better driver-passenger experience such as a redesigned dashboard which was now padded, as was the steering wheels, plus new, safer toggle switch controls and flush mounted interior door handles. Datsun was just making a good thing better and winning sales.
The Car –This example was treated to a cosmetic restoration a couple of years back and is reported to be in excellent mechanical condition. Included with this 1600 are over $11,000 in receipt that chronical the new Corvette Yellow paint, all the chrome work including bumpers, front grille, headlight bezels and more, plus a new top and a list of under-hood items. During our inspection we were amazed at how solid and straight the body was. Also impressing was the fit of the doors, deck-lid and hood. Sitting on a set of fairly fresh tires it is 100% functional including all the electrical circuits, brakes, fuel and cooling systems. Many consider the Datsun 1600 a superior handling sports car and about the most economical way to have fun in a spiffy two-seater.