- 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 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 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
- 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
- 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
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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