1968 Datto 1600 SOLD
Track or TARGA
Perfect project car
You listened to the raw sounds from the Targa video right?
Electric cars are coming & this is your chance to get one of the last howling four cylinder buzz boxes that are giant killers. That could be you in the Targa Classic group tearing up the stages hustling Porsche’s and Ferraris.
The 1968 series Datsun 1600 is one of the more collectible from the era – this is the iconic four door that broke the mould in Australian motorsport. Mount Panorama Bathurst class winner (and top 3 places) in 1968 with wins in the following years in 1969, 1970 & 1971. It didn’t just conquer on tarmac, it took away multiple Australian rally titles and many other motorsport achievements.
This Datto 1600 for sale in Sydney is a hidden gem, one of those unique barn finds that you rarely come across. There are rumours the yellow flames helped scorch a few paddock lap records, but unfortunately the official records were damaged in bush fires. We have been offered money just for the flames on their own, but we’ve refused, we think it would destroy the spirit of the vehicle completely.
This 1600 is quite unique. Forget about Mercedes new anti-side pod ideas – this Datto features an intricate cob-web mesh design around the front bumper that aids aero performance around the headlamps to channel air down its flanks. The interior has a completely stripped to save weight too, roll cage already set up & grippy deep steering wheel devoid of stupid buttons or gizmos – this is all about pure driving with the odd slide or drift when it takes your fancy.
Don’t be fooled by the engine in the passenger seat, this isn’t a sports sedan that has been heavily modified, better yet, it’s your spare engine that you can have ready between practice, qualifying & your race day. We’ve checked it over & can guarantee there are no bullet holes anywhere & we’ve been told most of the body modifications were aimed at letting the creepy crawlies get out or improve performance.
The two tone paint job has potential for concours awards after a buff, its striking blue & red contrasting paint with its unique patina will be sure to draw attention wherever it goes. It does have a few nicks and dents, but nothing a rubber mallet or some bog wouldn’t fix, rubbin’s racing right?
It is the perfect project car for someone that wants to bring an iconic legend back to life as a rally, track or road car. Just have a look at the values of restored 1600’s to see its potential and this piece of history could be yours right now.
- 1968 Datsun 1600
- Engine spec: 1.6 ltr, 4 cyl
- Upgrades include;
- Roll bar
- Stripped interior
- Mag wheels and rally tyres
- Limited edition Ralliart rear window sticker
- ‘Racing’ black car seat covers
- Couple of spare wheels
- Complete spare engine
Well, to be honest it’s been used as a bit of a paddock basher, but it has good bones and is a great platform to build an iconic rally car. The Peninsula Sports Car team can also help you with a rebuild or restoration to get this Datto cracking on a rally stage or hill climb in no time.
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