Pick of the Day: 1968 Datsun 1600 Fairlady

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In 1965, the Datsun 1500 roadster got a redesign and an
additional 100 cc, which made for a beautiful roadster that did battle with MGs
and Triumphs on the road and on the track. These roadsters are becoming more
and more cherished collectibles, and many in track trim are still raced on the
historic circuit.

The Pick of the Day is a pretty metallic-blue 1968 Datsun 1600 Fairlady roadster advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Marina Del Rey, California. It’s an affordable classic for the growing interest in classic cars from the land of the rising sun.

It has had a “recent refresh consisting of brakes, fuel
system, clutch and transmission service all within the last 3k miles,” notes
the dealer. “Other work included valve-cover replacement, rebuilt carburetors
with Z Therapy kit, new exhaust header and flex pipe, new radiator and hoses,
electronic distributor, voltage regulator and gear-reduction starter.”

Our own Larry Edsall said in a prior story about the model, that the name “Fairlady” actually came from the popularity of the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady.” Prior sedans were referred to as “Bluebirds.”

Powered by an inline 1.6-liter 4 cylinder making 96
horsepower, connected to a four-speed synchromesh manual transmission makes it
an easy car to drive that would be perfect for lovely Sunday drives on twisty
roads. But it is not for everyone. It is a small car, but for larger framed
people, like a friend of mine who races one, it proves to be just roomy enough.

The dealer mentions, that the car is “very strong
mechanically and a blast to drive. Lovely paint with a few marks and nicks but
no apparent damage. A few nice exterior upgrades include Hella driving lights,
roll bar and Talbot style mirrors.”

The interior looks very clean. The black vinyl looks almost new with slight wear and the manual top is functional and decent. The dealer comments, it has “beautiful interior and carpets. The top is in good condition aside from a few marks. A very nice example with good service and repair records and also comes with a service manual.”

Mileage shown on the car is either 8,618 or 108,618, which
we figure the latter. But no matter. For a very reasonable $16,500 asking
price, this precursor to the legendary 240Z won’t last long. I even considered

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick
of the Day

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