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1968 Datsun 1600 Roadster Race Car

Posted by WindingRoad about 6 months, 1 week ago

This 1968 Datsun 1600 Roadster was purchased by the seller in 2016 as a non-running project and subsequently refurbished with new paint, a new roll bar, and a rebuild of the 1.6-liter inline-four. The car is now finished in white and red over a stripped interior featuring a vintage racing seat, an aluminum dashboard, Stewart Warner gauges, and a Nardi steering wheel. Other equipment includes a 4-speed manual transmission, dual Weber 45 carburetors, new fuel lines, and an ATL fuel cell. This roadster is being offered with recent service records, spare parts, its original SCCA logbook, and a California bill of sale.

After being purchased by the seller, the car was transported to his warehouse and a new roll bar and cut-down windscreen were installed by Prestige Autohaus of Walnut Creek, California. The exterior was primed and painted with single-stage white paint, while the engine bay, trunk, interior, and roll bar were refinished in satin black. The hood is finished in red, and the car currently features removable vinyl numbers and Datsun graphics.

Black-centered 14″ wheels were recently mounted with Toyo R888 tires. A rebuild of the braking system was performed as part of the refurbishment.

The stripped interior features a vintage racing seat trimmed in brown leather, a matching headrest mounted to the roll bar, and a 6-point OMP harness. A black-painted aluminum dashboard is fronted by a wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel and houses replacement Stewart Warner gauges. No odometer is present, though an hour meter shows approximately nine hours of time since the car was refurbished.

The 1.6-liter inline-four was rebuilt by Rebello Racing in December 2018 and is equipped with two new Weber 45 carburetors and an MSD ignition box programmed with a rev limiter. Other equipment includes replacement wiring, a new fuse box, new fuel lines, and an ATL fuel cell. According to the seller, the engine is tuned for 110 octane fuel and the car has not been tracked since the engine was rebuilt.

Shifting is through a 4-speed manual transmission, and the seller reports that the engine, gearbox, and differential were recently inspected by Prestige Autohaus.

The original SCCA logbook, number 96-596, has been with the car since 1985 and is included in the sale. Receipts covering the seller’s ownership come with the car, along with spares including a right fender, hood, door, trunk lid, front grille, a set of wheels, and two plastic bins of various other parts. The seller notes that the car is unable to be converted back to a street car.

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