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.