Early 1967 Datsun 1600 Roadster VIN #SPL311-08240

This is not my first Datsun or even the first Datsun Roadster that I have owned. I am looking for a clean Datsun RL-411 sedan or wagon and a '66-'67 Roadster, either to replace mine or for parts.


The first car I ever bought was a 1967 Datsun RL-411 SSS Sedan. I purchased it from the original owner in 1986, after the 1978 Honda Civic I was given for my 16th birthday died. In retrospect, buying the Datsun was one of the dumbest things I ever did, but I learned about auto repair and old Datsuns.

Since that time, I purchased two other RL-411's, both automatics, but sold them immediately for a small profit (around $200 total). I have also purchased four other Roadsters and either sold or traded them (except the latest, purchased 1/19/2001).

I have owned this roadster since 1992. While I had my roadster (a red 1967, sold in 1993) at my dad's house for a clutch replacement, we drove by another Roadster. It was complete, but the radiator was removed. We were told they had clean title (no salvage title) - they lied. Due to problems with my father, I didn't actually get the car for another six months. The engine was seized, but the car was clean otherwise, with minor body damage. Luckily, everything worked (except the clock). The speedometer has since been replaced, as has the clock, but it still doesn't work.

What I've done to my car

The car is stock, but I'm not concerned about originality. I'm a man on a budget, with a wife, three kids, a house, and a car payment.

Here is what I've done so far:

Rebuilt Engine (by Roadster Restoration)
Rebuilt Head
New clutch
New and rebuilt brakes (rebuilt calipers, otherwise new)
New KYB GR-2 shocks
Replaced sagging leaf springs with newer used
New 175/65/14 Firestone tires on original rims with hubcaps
Replaced rear wheel bearing (quite an adventure)
Installed new 10+ year old Stebro exhaust system
Installed rebuilt SU carb bodies
Installed cheap digital stereo (convinced Kmart to sell it to me for $20.). Millions of miscellaneous things...

Alas, I now plan to sell this car as I've purchased another car and want to "start over". It's not that this is a bad car or that I prefer the newer car, but rather that the newer car is just a better driver and I haven't screwed anything up on it yet. I've got the money to do a few things right and if I don't paint it right away it still looks OK. See '70 Roadster for more info about the new car.

This page last updated February 5, 2001