Pair of Fairladies: 1969/70 Datsun Roadsters

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One of the classic cars I keep waiting to fall into my lap is the classic Datsun 2000 roadster, like this pair listed for sale at $5K each. I’ve liked these cars for a long time, and they’ve been surprisingly cheap for even nicely restored examples. This listing was spotted by Barn Finds reader Ikey H. here on craigslist, where the seller has what looks like two excellent foundations for either total restoration or simply maintaining as nice drivers. 

The pair includes a 1969 2000 model and a 1970 1600. They are described as complete, running/driving cars with matching numbers drivertrains and clean titles. It doesn’t get much better for that at $5K each, and I wouldn’t haggle if the condition bears out with what’s described here. Paint looks great on both cars, as do the shiny bits like the bumpers and tail light trim.

The interiors are a bit rough, but that’s not surprising for a car that lives with its top down. The dash panels will need to be replaced, but there’s an abundant spares market for these cars. The Datsuns remain complete enough that you can certainly drive them while they are being restored, and even then, I don’t think total nut-and-bolt restoration is necessary. The 2000 roadster comes with the desirable hardtop.

Years ago, I had the chance to bring home a 1600 from a Vermont junkyard that was having a $500 fire-sale for whole cars. I still kick myself for not grabbing it, especially with the factory hardtop in place. In the back of my mind, however, was the knowledge that you can still buy a complete, running example like these for reasonable money, so I’ll have to ignore the one I spotted in the Rhode Island junkyard we visited just two weeks ago.

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  1. stillrunners


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  2. David Baggs

    Listing has been deleted

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    • DolphinMember

      That’s because at $5K each they were a screaming bargain.
      They are riding the upward valuation coattails of the early Z cars.

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  3. Paul

    I had 4 of these at once time, they were a blast. Just be careful of rust that your see on the surface is only the tip of the iceberg.

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  4. Wayne

    Cool, nice cars. Yes, someone got a bargain.

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  5. Old Car Guy

    I always liked these better than the Z cars.

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  6. William D McDermott

    Maybe 5K for both… Do they run? How long ago? If they been sitting for a long time you’ll have to re-build the engines. Then there’s the gas tanks, brake, etc. And the interior is trash! Nice dash! You’ll throw 15K in labor, depending on rust, then add parts. I have 6 of these. Restoring the 4th one now.

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  7. Tricky


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