When we bought this little 1200 coupe back in 1998 it had a paltry 28,000 miles on the clock and was in absolutely lovely condition. At the time we paid what was then considered to be pretty strong money for a Datsun, £1300! A lot considering that even now, ten years later, it’s only the best cars that fetch that would much although now they are incredibly rare here. Possibly the only criticism that could be made of it’s condition when we got it was the rear panel which had at some time been replaced, no doubt due to previous accident damage. It wasn’t the tidiest repair and certainly not up to my standards but the car looked perfectly presentable so I left it alone. The coupe originally ran the registration SYD18M but the seller wanted to keep the plate which was a shame.
All the time we owned the 1200 coupe, it remained pretty much as original apart from a few changes of alloy wheels and some Japanese fender mirrors. I replace one front wing as a few rust bubbles had appeared after a few years and then I repainted the whole front end. The colour match was excellent thankfully so you couldn’t really tell. We travelled to Holland in it, and as far as Norway, via Germany Denmark and Sweden and it always performed well, even averaging 42mpg over it’s 2700 mile trip to Norway and back.
By spring 2006 it was apparent that rust was beginning to take a hold and we were faced with the choice of restoring it or selling it on to somebody else who would and concentrating our own efforts on restoring our 1200 pickup instead. The coupe got sold in the end, thankfully to a Datsun enthusiast who ran a body shop so at least it would get the attention it needed. It was hard to part with this car and in some ways I wish we’d kept it but we can’t keep them all!