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1966 Datsun Roadster

Posted by WindingRoad about 1 year, 2 months ago

Location: San Francisco Bay area


READY TO GO FOR THE 2018 Monterey Historics! Nissan is the marque for the 2018 Monterey Historics and this is the car to have! A true 'barn find' describes the rebirth of #44. In 2006, she was discovered among 20 old cars in a barn in Merced, CA. #44 just completed a no-expense spared, 6 year, body off, frame up restoration. Everything on this beautifully restored, historically significant race car has been replated, replaced, updated and ALL mechanicals are NEW and without comparables. The quality of workmanship is superb and justifies the historical value of this truly remarkable race car!


#44 is considered to be one of the greatest SCCA G Production Datsuns ever raced. This 'factory' supported Roadster was initially built and campaigned by Frank Honsewetz, who was the Director of Datsun-Nissan North American Racing for 27 years. #44 was also spnsored by Panasport Wheels. The history includes a logbook from the SCCA Cal Club region where the car won 6 regional championships. #44 also won FIVE SCCA Pacific Divisional Championships. Finally,the car made 5 highly ranked and successful trips to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. This Datsun Roadster is a truly superb historical race car and is investment grade quality. She is eligible for any vintage event throughout the vintage race car scene and is ready to be shown for the first time and raced at the 2018 Monterey Historics. The professional restoration was done by noted Datsun expert Joe Harlen of TopTEch Motorsports, in Oregon.

Recent Competition History

6 So Cal SCCA regional championships , 5 Pacific Coast SCCA Divisional championships , 5 trips to SCCA runoffs with significant place finishes

Performance Data

Class: G Prod


Engine Builder: Datsun

Manufacturer: Datsun

Type: 4 cylinder

Displacement: 1600cc

Horsepower: 135-140 HP

Induction: twin 1 1/2 Hitachi carbs-complete rebuild

Heads: aluminum, ported, polished, torqued at 55 lbs

Block: Datsun R16

Main Caps: ARP

Crankshaft: factory cleaned, polished, balanced

Connecting Rods: race prepped

Pistons: Venolia/Deves rings

Camshaft: TopTech Custom

Valves: Isky valve springs

Valve Train: clearance 0.017

Clutch: bulton

Pressure Plate: 2 litre lightened

Flywheel: Tilton Aluminum

Exhaust: new spiral core muffler/4-1 merge

Custom velocity stacks/thermal coated headers

Fuel System

Fuel Cell

Manufacturer: Fuel Safe

Age: new

Capacity: 8 gallons

Fuel Pump: holly

Fuel Type: 110

Oil/Water System

Radiator: custom crossflow copper

Water Rad Location: new aeroquip lines

Water Pump: stock-rebuilt

Oil Cooler: Setrab

Oil Cooler Location: BRE filter adapter/accusump system

Electrical System

Ignition: Rebuilt gear reduction

Alternator: New Nissan 240 SX

Battery: 12 v Autocraft Marine


Manfacturer: completely rebuit/ shifthubs blueprinted

Type: 5 speed 2 litre rebuilt

Gears: ultra close competition

Shifter: short shifter from 2000 roadster

new Tilton aluminum flywheel

Rear End

Manufacturer: Datsun

Ratio: 4:11

Case: sandblasted/powdercoated

Differential: limited slip/complete rebuild

Axles: driveshaft/factory-rebalanced,magnafluxed

All new rings/pistons/ bearings/seals/tubes rebuilt


Color: red/white-professional repaint

Condition: new graphics

tub bead plasted.epoxy primed,new paint


Builder: Datsun

Finish: bead blasted-epoxy primed

Condition: perfect

Front Suspension: all new - 7/8 swaybar, a-arms,hubs, spindles,heim joints

Rear Suspension: leafsprings--all bushings replaced/bead blasted/ powdercoated

Shocks: new Koni competition

Brakes: front-disc rear-drum all new

Steering: all new grade 8 bolts and newly rebuilt hypoid factory box.

Wheels: Panasports

Tires: New Hoosier st td 205x14


Color/Finish: new gray

Material: epoxy

Fire System: Halon-engine, cockpit, trunk

Restraints: 5 point G-force New

Guages: Stewart Warner/Jones/SW

Steering Wheel: 13.5 factory with quick release

Condition: excellent/Recaro seat/rollbar powdercoated


car cover

SCCA runoff door!!!

4 minilight wheels/shop tires


air dam

$200 credit at Classic Datsun Motorsports

clutch master cylinder rebuild kit

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