I’d wager that there aren’t many examples of the S10 model left in the world, especially as they were sold in few countries to start with. This one is for sale in Oregon at the moment and looks to be a really great shape. Launched in 1975, the S10 model was the second generation Nissan Silvia, preceded by the Fairlady based CSP311 which had ceased its very limited production in 1968 after only 554 were built. In the US, the model was badged as a Datsun 200SX and came complete with colossal Federal spec bumpers to replace the svelte versions seen on the Japanese models. I don’t believe this model was sold in Europe at all. I did once see images online of one in Portugal, although that looked to be a US import as it featured ‘those’ bumpers. Continue Reading
I can’t imagine that there are many 910 Bluebird Hardtop coupes left in France let alone ones as nice as this example from 1981. Incredibly, it’s covered less than 14,000 miles from new and from the couple of pictures in the listing it looks to be in amazing condition. It’s about as far south as it’s possible to get in France but the dry Mediterranean climate will have no doubt helped keep the usual rust away. The alloy wheels look like they are of C210 Skyline or possibly C230 Laurel origin but I guess it’s possible that 910’s may have been available new with this type of wheel in France. There’s no mention in the ad as to whether this is an SSS or not. In the UK all hardtops coupes were SSS but in Japan that wasn’t the case so it’s possible France may have got non-SSS 910 hardtops, which also may explain the different wheels. It may have even come with steel wheels originally. It’s not that cheap at 6200 euros but then where else are you likely to find a Bluebird Hardtop with such low mileage? Check out the advert on Leboncoin.fr
There’s only a little over 24 hours left to go on this auction but if you’re keen you’ll need deep pockets as this ultra rare Datsun 200L hardtop (C130 model) has topped £6000 already. This 200L (or Laurel to give it it’s proper name) is one of only two hardtops left in the UK. The other belongs to a friend of mine and unless someone offered him some crazy amount of money for it, I doubt it’ll ever be for sale… so this is probably the only chance to get hold of one of these stylish coupes.
As with all UK market C130 Hardtops, this is fitted with a twin carburettor 2.0 litre, crossflow, OHC Prince G series engine rather than a straight six L series. These four cylinder engines do look a little lost under that long bonnet but don’t be fooled into thinking they lack any go. They perform pretty well and in terms of power, they are not much different to the L20A (2.0L) straight six which some UK saloons came equipped with. All the hardtops here came with independant rear suspension too.
I first saw this car in 1997 and back then it was still wearing it’s original pale metallic green paintwork. This matched the metallic green interior beautifully, so hopefully whoever buys it will return it to it’s original shade. I’ve saved some images from the listing so that they will still available after the listing is gone. You can see them after the jump…
Update! At the close of auction, this Laurel made £8138!! I think that is probably a record price for an original UK market Datsun (with the exception of S30 models), especially for one that is need of some work adn isn’t roadworthy. It’s certainly proof of the level of desirability that these cars have now reached.
The first generation Laurel coupe, the C30 model, is one of my favourite Datsuns of all time. They are a really elegant and understated car that, with their Prince Motor Company origins, are also technically advanced for their era. Although C30 Laurel saloons were sold in a number of export markets, the Japanese kept the lovely coupe for themselves so they are a very rare sight outside of Japan. This one is currently for sale in Japan at $14,010 (that’s around 11,225€). If I had that kind of cash spare I’d be all over this as it looks like a really nice example. Click the link above to check out all the pictures of it in the listing.
One of my favourite ever Nissan’s is the first generation of Laurel, the C30 model launched in ‘68. This mildly modified Laurel saloon currently listed on Yahoo! Japan Auctions is a ‘71 model but aside from some very minor changes to the trim, these cars stayed virtually the same throughout production until they were replaced with the C130 Laurel (200L in Europe) in 1972.
There were only two variants of the C30, the four door saloon seen above and a sleek two door hardtop which arrived in 1970. The latter was Nissan’s first hardtop model.
When you mention the C10 Skyline, most enthusiasts immediately picture the legendary DOHC Six cylinder powered KPGC10 Skyline GT-R Hardtop, but in reality, the GT-R was only a small part of the Skyline story. The vast majority of them were rather more mundane saloons with four doors and four cylinders and engines as small as 1500cc. History has largely forgotten the more sedate versions of the earlier Nissan Skyline to it’s all the more refreshing to see this rare 1971 Skyline 1800 GL hardtop up for sale in outstanding condition with just 62,500km on the clock. As with the four cylinder saloons, the hardtop featured a shorter nose to accommodate it’s four cylinder, Prince derived G series engine. Unlike the four door and estate cars, which even with the short nose retain some balance of proportion, the hardtop looks quite odd when viewed from the side!
Spied this oddball recently on Houston Craigslist in the good ol’ US of A. From this angle you’d be hard pressed to tell what it is. The advert sadly fails to provide any information pertaining to how and more importantly why this scary monster was created, but one thing’s for certain… it’ll make small children frightened and grown men weep. Can you tell what it is yet? Continue Reading
Yahoo! Japan Auctions isn’t just a great source of cool wheels. If you want some proper Japanese style accessories you’ll find those there too, like these wacky gear-knobs. Admittedly, these worked out to be pretty expensive by the time they arrived at my door but for uniqueness the Japanese stuff can’t be beat. Not sure what I’ll do with the Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat or lucky cat as it’s commonly known) one on the left but I thought it was pretty coll. It turned out to be considerably larger than I though when it arrived! The Funny face one in the middle is for my 510. It kind of sums that cars character up nicely. The pretty flower one on the right is destined for my Violet SSS as it seemed kind of appropriate. Amazingly, these type of custom gear-knobs are not quite as common on the auctions as you might expect and it does take some hunting for find them. Worth it though!
Nope… definitely not a Cedric. It might look like a 31 model Nissan Cedric but this ultra rare beast I spied for sale on Taiwanese auction site Ruten, is in fact a YLN-801. Eh…? The YLN from this cars moniker comes from the manufacturers name, “Yue Loong” and “Nissan”. Yue Loong (or Yulon as the company is now known) completed a deal to build Nissan and Datsun models in Taiwan in 1957 and the snappily titled YLN-701 was one of the first fruits of this collaboration in 1960. The 701 was a Datsun 211 model and this was rapidly followed by the YLN-704 (Datsun 310 model) and the YLN-801 we see here.
Andy Hoshino in Japan has just bought this fantastic B20 pick up. It’s an ex-fire service vehicle hence the colour and the red lights on the front. But the best bit…It has just 9800km’s on the clock!!! Arrrgh! I’m soooo jealous! As some who know me will already know, I’m a bit partial to B10 series Sunnys in any form but a pickup is most desirable. At least I have my wagon to keep me happy.