Early Z Car: 1970 Datsun 240Z Barn Find

The world has gone crazy for Series 1 Datsun 240Zs for the last several years, and it’s easy to understand why: like so many other early production models, these were the purest expression of the company’s legendary sports car… more»

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No Reserve: 1973 Datsun 240Z

Datsun always denied that they took any inspiration for the 240Z from Jaguar’s iconic E-Type. Like so many people, I have some trouble believing that claim. However, one of the significant advantages that the 240Z held over the Jag… more»

Nearly Perfect: 1983 Datsun 720 King Cab 4×4

Survivors in any form are generally appreciated by enthusiasts, but survivors that wear their original graphics kit and factory decals in near-perfect condition occupy a particularly warm spot in the hearts of gearheads. This 1983 Datsun 720 King Cab… more»

Worth Fixing? 1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster

You should never judge a book by its cover. This 1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster might look quite sad, but it is actually a structurally sound classic. The owner commenced the restoration process, but this stalled some time back. He… more»

Diamond In The Rough? 1971 Datsun 240Z

Remember when Nissan cars were called Datsun’s in the U.S.? That was the 1980s. And remember when the Datsun 240Z began making noise on the U.S. sports car market? That was the 1970s. By 1971, the car had caught… more»

Fair Barn Find: 1964 Datsun Fairlady 1500

I had not thought much about a Datsun Fairlady in a long time. I had a college friend, many years ago, that drove a thoroughly dented ’69 model 2000 (it was surprisingly quick!) and then Mike and Ant of… more»

Vintage Japanese Roadster: 1969 Datsun 1600

At the time of its introduction in 1959, Datsun’s Sports series was the first Japanese-manufactured roadster model, as the only other roadsters offered at the time came from European brands such as Alfa Romeo, Fiat, MG, and Triumph. Though… more»

Huge Stash of British Cars (and Others)

Every now and then you run up on a cache of cars and wonder how they came to be. Such is the case with this gathering of upwards of 50 cars (that I can count) which are largely British… more»

Carport Find: 1971 Datsun 521 Pickup

Not every “barn find” was found in a literal barn, it’s a term to denote that a vehicle was discovered after being parked for months or years. Just like a new Mini Cooper is much bigger than the original… more»

Owned Since ’77: 1974.5 Datsun 260Z

Cheap Z cars are quickly becoming a thing of the past, as this 1974 Datsun 260Z goes to show you. There was a time when the only models that achieved seriously strong prices were the earliest of the Z… more»

Worth Restoring? 1970 Datsun 240z

Early Z prices are quickly getting out of reach for many, so if you’ve been looking for a project to at least get your oar into that Z water, this 1970 example may be worth a look. It was… more»

27k Original Miles: 1977 Datsun 280Z

While it was initially introduced into the American market to compete head-to-head with the MGB-GT, the original Datsun Z-Car range drew more comparisons with the original Jaguar E-Type. It is easy to see why, because it shared many of… more»

Just Donated: 1983 Datsun 280ZX

This 1983 Datsun 280ZX is a loaded-up example featuring 2+2 seating, T-tops, and the preferred manual transmission, and is a running car that was just donated to charity. Despite the NACA-duct on the hood, it is not a turbocharged… more»

Nicest One Left? 39k Mile 1980 Datsun 210

As with most Japanese carmakers, Nissan’s naming system in the 1970s and 80s was more than a little confusing. It makes even those of us who consider ourselves fans and aficionados of vintage Japanese vehicles scratch our heads a… more»

Tidy Driver: 1972 Datsun 240Z

It’s always interesting how we will see no examples of a particular breed of classic car for an extended period, and then a few will appear on our desks here at Barn Finds in quick succession. That has been… more»

Rare 1967 Datsun 411 SSS Wagon

Most of us are familiar with Datsun’s famous 510 models in various body styles, but before that (yes) iconic line of cars, Nissan/Datsun produced the 410 and 411, also known as the Bluebird 410/411 in other markets. This rare… more»