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All posts for the month February, 2001

My girlfriend has just had a pretty lucky escape. She sustained not so much as a bruise after loosing control at over 60mph and rolling our little Datsun Cherry E10. She swerved to avoid a drunken cyclist on a dark road, spun 180 degrees and skidded sideways across two lanes before the car tripped on a hole in the grass verge and rolled. The car rolled right over and ended up coming to rest in a four foot deep ditch on it’s side. How she never sustained a single injury, I’ll never know. I’m extremely grateful she didn’t though. More pics of the carnage after the jump…

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Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I have become the proud owner of a lovely stock 1400cc Datsun 510. Initially Gian Bowles of 510 Again in the US, posted a message on the Bluebirds mailing list about a 510 for sale… in the UK! Of course I jumped on it straight away. I phoned the guy only to find out that amazingly, the car was within probably 20 miles from my home! After a brief phone call I had agreed to buy the car, even though I hadn’t seen it. The description sounded great…1971 Datsun 1400, 47000 miles from new, always garaged for the last 29 years and never used in wet weather! I was not disappointed either, I’m glad to say. The car is tidy, both inside and out with only very minor work needed to make it perfect. There’s minor rust on on one wing top and a couple of bubbles elsewhere but overall it’s in tremendous shape. I honestly never thought I would find another 510 here let alone one as nice as this, so I’d like to say a big thanks to Gian Bowles and Dennis Currington of Classic Datsun Motorsports who also passed the message on to me. Thanks guys!

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I felt compelled to rescue this ultra rare (in the UK anyway) Datsun Cedric 331 before something bad happened to it, such as a one way trip to the banger. Such is the fate of so many big Datsuns. This is almost certainly the only four door hard top 330 series Cedric in the UK. The 331 is the same series as the 330 sedan, better known here as the Datsun 280C but apart from being a hardtop, it’s also equipped (or rather was) with Nissans anti-pollution system or NAPS for short.Being a Japanese model, it also has air conditioning, electric fender mirrors (not on the car currently) and a fuel injected L28E good for 180bhp (sae).

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Mikko from Finland emailed me these pictures of a Datsun he found abandoned in the woods. Poor thing. Looking at the large front bumper overriders, I’d say it was probably a 410 rather than 411 Bluebird. This one is probably a little too far gone to rescue. Apart from those overriders maybe?
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For decades Lenny Medler operated a vast scrapyard in the wilds of Norfolk. Lenny was something of an eccentric by all accounts. He wouldn’t spend money on proper buildings or fences and didn’t trust banks, preferring to hide away his cash himself, apparently in a home made safe. Certainly when I visited, I was amazed to see that the perimeter “wall” around the original yard was simply made from squashed cars stacked on top of each other. After he passed away in 1989, his wife took over running the business, but it slowly wound down and with environmental rules beginning to put pressure on the old style scrapyard allied to the rising price of scrap metal, the main yard was cleared at the end of the nineties.

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