Thursday, February 3, 2011

1961 Datsun Fairlady SPL212 - A Very Rare Car

So many cars, so little time.

The seller recently wrote "sale pending" in his ad.

The SPL212 was an export-only car. Datsun / Nissan never produced them in RHD for the home market. Between 1960 and 1961, just 288 were built. It has a 1.2 liter 4, a 4 speed manual and drum brakes all around.

According to the seller, this car was "refurbished" in the mid-1980s, but it obviously needs a complete restoration now. It appears that at one point the seller was thinking about parting it out, as he writes: "The side trim and bumpers pictured have been removed and are not available." I'm pretty sure those pieces are close to impossible to find today. He mentions that a new grille has been "sourced" for the car, but doesn't mention if it comes with it.

This is a neat piece of Datusn / Nissan history. It will take a lot of time, effort and money to restore it, but being as rare as it it, I believe it is worth it.

We all know how "pending sales" sometimes go, so it's worthwhile bookmarking the ad and checking back from time to time.

Located in Katy, TX, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

Click here
to see what one of these looks like in new / restored condition.

A big thanks to Jon for sending me the link to this car!

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