1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster 2017-07-03T08:19:20+00:00

Project Description

OVERVIEW

Not content to let the British have all the fun, Datsun began producing a small roadster of their own in 1959, called simply, the Sports 1000. Only 20 examples were built between 1959 and 1960, but the groundwork was set. For round two, Datsun upped the engine size from 1.0 liters to 1.2 liters and 47 horsepower, calling it the Sports 1200. This time, 288 models were made, some of which even made it to the US. Finally, in 1963, Datsun debuted the familiar Roadster shape we’re all used to with the Sports 1500 which offered, as you might guess, a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and up to 85 horsepower. 1965 saw the introduction of a 1.6-liter engine before the Datsun 2000 Roadster hit our shores in 1967 with a fire-breathing 2.0-liter engine producing 135 horsepower in standard trim, and up to 150 horsepower in competition versions.

Although 135 horsepower doesn’t sound like much by modern standards, the 2000 proved to be plenty quick due to its sub-2,100 pound weight. Unfortunately, the 2000 was slow seller because the small British sports cars of the era like the MGB and Triumph TR4 offered similar thrills for less money. Still, the little Datsun built a cult following as a track car. On a sunny day with the top down, it’s easy to see why too. Just aim the little Roadster down your favorite twisty road and it becomes an incredibly playful and engaging thing to drive. The incredibly low weight imparts a go-kart-like nimbleness to the car and the high-strung engine encourages you to make the most of the 7,000 RPM redline.

Inside, the cockpit is small, but it envelops you in a no-nonsense cocoon where all of the controls are simply designed and easy to use. The small seats offer just enough support and comfort for spirited driving or short trips. The manual steering provides incredibly direct, tactile feedback while the stubby shifter changes gates like a bolt-action rifle. Using the throttle and gas, it’s hard not to be impressed by the response. The clutch pedal is heavy enough to require deliberate action, but like the other inputs, the more you use it, the more rewarding it becomes.

OVERVIEW

Not content to let the British have all the fun, Datsun began producing a small roadster of their own in 1959, called simply, the Sports 1000. Only 20 examples were built between 1959 and 1960, but the groundwork was set. For round two, Datsun upped the engine size from 1.0 liters to 1.2 liters and 47 horsepower, calling it the Sports 1200. This time, 288 models were made, some of which even made it to the US. Finally, in 1963, Datsun debuted the familiar Roadster shape we’re all used to with the Sports 1500 which offered, as you might guess, a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and up to 85 horsepower. 1965 saw the introduction of a 1.6-liter engine before the Datsun 2000 Roadster hit our shores in 1967 with a fire-breathing 2.0-liter engine producing 135 horsepower in standard trim, and up to 150 horsepower in competition versions.

Although 135 horsepower doesn’t sound like much by modern standards, the 2000 proved to be plenty quick due to its sub-2,100 pound weight. Unfortunately, the 2000 was slow seller because the small British sports cars of the era like the MGB and Triumph TR4 offered similar thrills for less money. Still, the little Datsun built a cult following as a track car. On a sunny day with the top down, it’s easy to see why too. Just aim the little Roadster down your favorite twisty road and it becomes an incredibly playful and engaging thing to drive. The incredibly low weight imparts a go-kart-like nimbleness to the car and the high-strung engine encourages you to make the most of the 7,000 RPM redline.

Inside, the cockpit is small, but it envelops you in a no-nonsense cocoon where all of the controls are simply designed and easy to use. The small seats offer just enough support and comfort for spirited driving or short trips. The manual steering provides incredibly direct, tactile feedback while the stubby shifter changes gates like a bolt-action rifle. Using the throttle and gas, it’s hard not to be impressed by the response. The clutch pedal is heavy enough to require deliberate action, but like the other inputs, the more you use it, the more rewarding it becomes.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

Not content to let the British have all the fun, Datsun began producing a small roadster of their own in 1959, called simply, the Sports 1000. Only 20 examples were built between 1959 and 1960, but the groundwork was set. For round two, Datsun upped the engine size from 1.0 liters to 1.2 liters and 47 horsepower, calling it the Sports 1200. This time, 288 models were made, some of which even made it to the US. Finally, in 1963, Datsun debuted the familiar Roadster shape we’re all used to with the Sports 1500 which offered, as you might guess, a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and up to 85 horsepower. 1965 saw the introduction of a 1.6-liter engine before the Datsun 2000 Roadster hit our shores in 1967 with a fire-breathing 2.0-liter engine producing 133 horsepower in standard trim, and up to 150 horsepower in competition versions. A well-kept example has no problem cruising well above the speed limit.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

Not content to let the British have all the fun, Datsun began producing a small roadster of their own in 1959, called simply, the Sports 1000. Only 20 examples were built between 1959 and 1960, but the groundwork was set. For round two, Datsun upped the engine size from 1.0 liters to 1.2 liters and 47 horsepower, calling it the Sports 1200. This time, 288 models were made, some of which even made it to the US. Finally, in 1963, Datsun debuted the familiar Roadster shape we’re all used to with the Sports 1500 which offered, as you might guess, a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and up to 85 horsepower. 1965 saw the introduction of a 1.6-liter engine before the Datsun 2000 Roadster hit our shores in 1967 with a fire-breathing 2.0-liter engine producing 133 horsepower in standard trim, and up to 150 horsepower in competition versions. A well-kept example has no problem cruising well above the speed limit.

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