1968 Datsun Fairlady Sports

Highlights


  • Original and apparently unrestored
  • Very solid Californian import
  • Drives well following a recent service
  • Great basis for a sympathetic restoration
  • Fascinating piece of Datsun / Nissan history

The Appeal


The 1960s was the golden era of the sports car and recognising the success of roadsters from the likes of MG, Triumph, Alfa Romeo and Fiat (to name a few), Datsun developed the small but perfectly formed Fairlady Sports.

With a fizzy little 1600cc inline four under the bonnet, what we have here is a great original example of the 1968 facelifted fairlady. 

It has received a recent service which included an oil change, new spark plugs, leads and a carburettor rebuild. We’re informed that it has never been restored and while it’s clearly a little rough around the edges, it’s remarkable how well this little roadster has survived. 

It would be a great basis for further recommissioning, a sympathetic restoration or even a full concours rebuild. Whatever the future holds for this Datsun, we’re sure it will be magnificent.

The History and Paperwork


  • The story goes that this model was named in homage to the Broadway play My Fair Lady
  • Has spent the majority of its life across the Atlantic in the United States
  • Imported to Spain from California
  • USA documentation present
  • EU tax and import duty paid
  • We’re informed that it is original and unrestored

The Interior


  • The first Fairlady to feature the padded soft dashboard and revised switchgear
  • The dash top is in really good order with no UV damage we could discern
  • Instrumentation complete and in good visual order
  • It appears some of the switchgear is missing or has been removed from the dash
  • No carpets currently fitted, revealing the floors to look in good condition
  • The boot floor looks really sound
  • The seats are now rather tired but appear eminently restorable
  • Some wear to the door cards although they remain serviceable
  • Overall, this interior has survived well and is a great base for restoration

The Exterior 


  • Looks to be remarkably solid everywhere you look
  • The red paintwork is now showing its age but is serviceable if you like the patinated aesthetic
  • Supplied with its removable hardtop and the folding roof is not currently fitted
  • The bodywork is really straight and we couldn’t see any corrosion taking hold
  • Underneath, the floors look really sound, as do the sills and door bottoms
  • No wing mirrors currently fitted
  • The brightwork has become a little dull but appears in good shape with minimal damage
  • Retains all four of its hubcaps
  • We’re quite amazed by how solid this car looks which will make the job of getting it back on the road just that bit simpler

The Mechanics 


  • 1600cc four cylinder engine with twin-carburettors
  • Recent engine tune up
  • Oils, filters and gaskets replenished where necessary
  • Gearbox and carburettor services carried out
  • We’re informed that lots of items have been renewed or overhauled during the vendor’s ownership
  • Runs well and drives around
  • This car remains a project, but could well be a rolling restoration if the next vendor wishes

Summary


An amazing survivor and a lesser seen sports car. We’re sure the future will be bright for this diamond in the rough.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1968
  • Make Datsun
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 47,211 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Logroño
  • Location International
  • Country Spain
Bidding history
7 bids from 6 bidders
  • grant.e•••• €4,000 06/02/23
  • quibusd•••• €3,600 04/02/23
  • Marcelv•••• €3,400 04/02/23
  • quibusd•••• €3,300 02/02/23
  • nikos-d•••• €3,100 01/02/23
  • powell.•••• €3,000 01/02/23
  • harriso•••• €2,000 31/01/23

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