1969 Datsun 1600

$18,500

For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600
For Sale 1969 Datsun 1600

Description

Very rare early Japanese two seat sports car available now in this 1969 Datsun 1600. Back in the 1960s this model won many SCCA races, helping to put Datsun on the map as a sports car marque. Also known as the SP311 or SPL311, this 1.6 liter droptop roadster was a force to be reckoned with in the right hands. It led directly to the creation of the Datsun 240Z, and the Z car series that remains in production to the current day. This particular example is dressed in red and white racing tribute livery with a black interior and black convertible top. As stated by the previous owner, this 1600 has 88,809 original miles and includes a recent rebuild of the engine, transmission, and rear differential all within the last year. This Datsun is powered by 1.6L Inline 4 packing a whopping 96 HP (70.656 KW) @ 6000 RPM; Torque: 103 Ft-Lbs (140 NM) @ 4000 RPM. Power is put to the ground through a 4-speed manual gear box. While the vehicle runs very well, we would recommend a brake service before being completely roadworthy.

Datsun originally started out as the Kwaishinsha (Kaishinsha) Motor Car Works in 1911. Three years later in 1914 the company released their first car, a very simple design that used many locally-produced components – they called it the DAT. The name came from taking the first letter of each of the company's investor's surnames: Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama, Meitaro Takeuchi. The company formally changed its name to DAT Jidosha & Co. in 1925, by this time they were making small trucks almost exclusively, due to the fact that local demand for automobiles was so low.

In 1931 the company came out with a new car named the Type 11 but better known as the “Datson,” as in “son of DAT.” The Type 11 was near clone of the popular British Austin 7, funnily enough around the same time a company over in Germany was producing their own (licensed) copy of the Austin 7 called the BMW Dixi.

From 1934 onwards DAT began building Austin 7s officially under license. The company continued to grow, offering a vast array of models, and by the 1960s they were making concerted efforts to enter the lucrative Western markets in Europe and the United States.

The Datsun 1600 Roadster – SP311
The Datsun 1600 Roadster was unveiled in 1965 as a competitor for the dominant roadsters of the day, largely from Britain and Italy. This included classics such as the MGB, Lotus Elan, Triumph TR4, the Austin Healey Sprite, MG Midget, and some Italian examples, like the Alfa Romeo Spider and the Fiat 124 Sport Spider.

The Datsun was designed very much in-keeping with the visual cues of these European sports cars, possibly because German automobile designer Albrecht Goertz had a hand in the final styling.

Under the attractive body everything was fairly normal by the standards of the era, the 1600 Roadster has independent front suspension on coil springs, a live axle rear on leaf springs, and a front mounted inline-four sending power to the rear wheels via a manual transmission. There were a few things that set the little Datsun apart from its European peers, firstly and perhaps most importantly it was cheaper. Secondly it showed great promise on the race track, it would eventually win some SCCA races and claim some hard fought podiums. The 1600 Roadster was sold alongside the 2000 Roadster, the latter car had the larger 2.0 liter U20 engine, and together they were a common sight in SCCA competition in the mid-to-late 1960s.

Once Datsun's Roadsters had proven their mettle the Japanese automaker released the Datsun 240Z, a car that became an icon in its own right, and gave rise to the Z series cars still being built today by Nissan.

Specs

Basic

Year
1969
Make
Datsun
Model
1600
Miles
88,110

Engine

Engine Size
1.6 Liter
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual

Body

Body Color
Red

Interior

Interior Color
Black

Highlights

  • 1.6L Inline 4 Cylinder
  • 4Speed Manual Gear Box
  • Rare early Japanese Sports Car

$18,500

Figure based on a stock vehicle with OH rates with $100/$300k Liability/UM/UIM limits. Rates vary depending on the state, coverage selected and other factors. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. Some coverage and discounts not available in all states. Call 877-922-9701 to speak with a representative or apply online. $298 /YEAR Insurance

1969 Datsun 1600 Convertible

Engine
1.6 Liter
Transmission
4 Speed Manual
Mileage
88,110
Stock
13343
Vin
SRL31107814