Lot 236 - 1968 Datsun Pick-up
|Result||Sold - £8,008|
The Datsun 520 was built from May 1965 until May 1968, when it was facelifted and became the 521. The 420 designation, which was next in sequence, was skipped as it is a homophone for the Japanese word for rudeness or impolite (see Japanese wordplay). For 1967, the 520 was slightly redesigned and received quad headlights (two per side). This design was carried on until the end of 520 production. A grille emblem was added in 1966 and simply said D. In late 1967 a slightly altered model appeared, now with a slightly changed chrome grille with a distinct frame. In 1967, Nissan added the Nissan Sunny Pick-up truck, which was exclusive to Nissan Saito Store locations, which closely shared the dimensions, engine displacement and load carrying duties of the 520 series truck.
The 521 was the facelifted version of 520, with a so-called ‘flat-deck’ style. This meant a flattened bonnet and front fenders as well as a new grille design. The 520 strongly resembles a Datsun 410/411 from the front, since it shares most sheet metal with that car. The bumper emblems said Datsun 1300, Datsun 1500 or Datsun 1600, depending on engine fitment. It was manufactured from June 1968 until 1972, preceded by the 520 and followed by the 620. The 521 was the first compact half-ton Pick-up sold in the American market. In 1968, larger load carrying duties were now shared with the Datsun Cabstar, a cabover truck sharing a chassis with the third generation Nissan Junior.
This well looked after example of this rare model is presented in green with a black interior and comes with air conditioning which is a massive benefit. Its paintwork is in very good condition as is the interior of this little Pick-up which also comes with two sets of wheels (the originals are separate but included in the sale). A rare, practical, useful little run-around that is offered without reserve.
Buyers, please note that this car was running and driving upon arrival at the auction on April 3rd. It would appear that it has since developed an issue which is thought to be a blown head gasket, but further investigation will be needed to confirm. therefore, the car is now being sold as a non-runner and will need to be towed away from the auction.
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