This 1968 Datsun Roadster is a very solid driver-quality example: it is a Hagerty 3-4 rating or "good" according to the books. I have owned it for the last 13 years and has added a solid 102,516 miles. It has been driven on long drives several times without fault. Always garage kept, warm in the winter, dry in the summer. The body is straight with solid rockers. There is real patina which is desirable right now. Nothing hidden. I am the 3rd owner 1st owner had it a year the second owner was a small island mechanic and he bought if for his son upon his return from Vietnam. He had it till early 80's when he had a right qtr panel slight banger so the hood and the pane were re-painted. It is 10-15 footer visually. An ideal choice for road rallies such as the California Melee and Motherlode 400, or Shasta Datsun Show as itís a good driver that is cosmetically presentable, sound mechanically, 98% original but not currently a show car. It is available in Seattle, Washington
The car sports a clean body with two little rust bubbles on the rear panel. Some buffing spots. The car has ever suffered any significant damage. The rockers and underside also appear very clean. Small crack in the dash and some cosmetic uplift needed. On the plus side, the bright work is very good throughout, the car appears to retain its original headlights, and sports period-style driving lights. The roll-bar is a nice addition as well, but could easily be removed if desired.
Has a worn vinyl top and also has a factory hardtop. Has hard to find Tourneau cover.
The interior is in good, serviceable condition, the only major flaw being a crack in the dash (typical) with replaceable dashes available still today. We like this early dash design and the factory wheel, which would look great with a black leather wrap in place of the existing. The heater blower is currently by-passed but does work.
The engine fires up easily and shows strong oil pressure, delivering good power through its 5-speed manual transmission which was over-hauled in 2000 with new clutch and seals. Might need to replace front-end tie-rod arms and bushings. The car sports ok tires and the brakes have been serviced within the last ten years (show good.)
New radiator in 2004. New manifold 2006. Lots and lots of loving car annually.
It would make a great choice for someone looking to get into the vintage scene in a classic sports roadster. This is not a concourse-level car by any means, but a trusty and solid runner that should provide many more happy miles.
Or it could be a solid base to grow into a real "Show Car."