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So finally the French Datsun 1600 SSS is home and I can finally take a close look to see just how much work I have taken on. The answer is quite a lot! The rear quarters and boot floor are particularly rotten as are the sills, and the interior is in terrible shape, although remarkably the dash top isn’t split! Fortunately I have plenty of parts stashed away including lots of new panels, original carpet and seats… and if necessary I’m even willing to use my 1400 Deluxe 510 as a donor to rebuild this car.  That would be a tough call to make but a European 510 SSS is a very rare car and so worth every effort to restore it. Thankfully all the important SSS parts are there and serviceable. Click through to take a look at the car as it currently stands…

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Time for the next installment of my continental adventure. In part 2 I made it all the way to Polisot and bought a 510 SSS. Now, at 3am in the morning, I had recovered from a day and a half without sleep and hit the Autoroute again. This time headed west towards the Vendée, more specifically and area right on the edge of the Vendée and Deux-Sèvres, a bit south of Pouzauges. About 440km.

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Exactly one week ago whilst sat in front of my computer enjoying a lovely cup of tea, I thought I’d have a casual browse of the marvelous French classified ad website, Leboncoin. There’s always interesting cars for sale on Leboncoin, even the occasional Datsun, although those are often limited to models which are often not terribly desirable. However this time  an audible ‘mon dieu!’ was uttered when the first thing I saw was this…

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Now, I have been fiddling around with Datsuns for a pretty long time and this has to be the first time I have ever seen a European spec Datsun 1600 SSS for sale. The legendary 510 SSS. I can’t imagine that many were sold in Europe at all! For me this model is the  Holy Grail and one which I had never honestly expected to see let alone have the opportunity to acquire. It had to be bought…

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