Napa Valley Roadsters
With the suns continued intensity, the rich, vineyard soil of Napa Valley,
California will dry after days of rain. The grapes have been harvested, and
vintners are aging their reserves in cellers, but here at Petrolicious, we
love vintage automobiles, the wonderful folks that drive them, and the
community that always builds around a make. Here in wine country, we caught
up with a strong community of Datsun Roadsters that help one another with
parts, maintenance, and enjoying a leisurely day in the sun.
1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster Red NSmyr120812
This is an outstanding example of what Datsun (Nissan) was doing right in
the American car market! It certainly had the features of the British
sports cars, with the addition of great styling and great reliability!
Soon the 240Z would be zooming around..a great competitor for the sports
car market! The engine was four cylinders, overhead cam, 5 main bearings
and solid lifters, and a five speed manual transmission.
Tacomaboy's KADE powered datsun roadster
Just a quiclk shot of my progress for any to see. The eng . is a great fit
that can still be improved upon by any going this direction. No frame mods
required for this application.
1968 Datsun 1600 Roadster, CA Black Plate, 40 Yr Owned, Driving!.wmv
This is a test drive video of this California Black Plate 1968 Datsun
Roadster that had one owner for over 40 years. This has the rare factory
removable hardtop. All receipts are included and shown in this video,
Part II. This is a terrific car for sale at www.classicpromenade.com.
This will make a great inexpensive, fun, dependable and economic driver.
Ready to enjoy!
1965 datsun roadster fairlady 1500 spl310 Restoration
the owner wanted a full frame off restoration performed took over 2yrs to
complete. lots of body damage located in the front from it hitting a power
box back in the early 70s. the bondo was thick. the fenders were saved
along with the hood. the amount of bondo reapplied to straighten the car
out was minimal, mostly hand and dolly on the fenders, some rot was in the
front fenders also. lower rockers both sides had to be replaced. this is a
3 main 1500 twin carb engine which is the original to the car numbers
matching, the car was parked in 1985 due to faulty brakes. i wish i had
pictures of when we removed this car from the garage stuff piled on it
didnt even look like a car was there. engine was rebuilt, new clutch and
brake hardware and lines. New leather interior installed also. stock light
blue color resprayed on it also. this is also a positive grounding car
also. they changed to neg grounding in 1966. only 1200 of these were made.
less then 750 are still known to in existence and fewer then 250 are known
in the usa. the car only has 75k total.
BRE Datsun 2000
By Miguel Caparros
It was a good thing that I got drafted in 1971 as it spared me the
embarrassment of having my Alfa Romeo race team decimated in the Trans Am
by BRE. But this is the story of the first group of cars and characters
that Peter Brock embarrassed. In case you do not know who Peter Brock is,
Peter has a slightly impressive resume, a couple of his more noted
accomplishments, he designed the original Sting Ray, he also did a little
job for Carroll Shelby creating the Daytona Coupe that drove Ferrari out of
racing, and won the FIA World Championship for the first time by an
American manufacturer. I am including a link at the end of this article to
the BRE history page. for more details directly from the horses mouth, so
here is the short version. Datsun was not Peters first choice to go racing,
he was trying to get the contract to race the super smooth, 6 cylinder
signature car, the Toyota 2000 GT. Shelby got the Toyota contract and Peter
decided to beat his old boss out on the racetrack. DP or class D for
Production vehicles was the hot bed of competition in the Sport Car Club of
America. Peter being an engineer/racer took a very structured and clinical
way to prepare the cars. The Datsun 2000 sports roadster was based on the
1600 a car that was somewhere between the MG Midget and the MGB in size.
Basically Datsun, to be competitive shoved the largest engine they could
fit into the engine compartment. BRE did something with the 2000 that no
one thought was possible. Made it handle and got gobs of horsepower out of the
engine, more than enough to win the Championship first time out and send
Toyota home with its tail tucked between their legs.