New car time! The C130 Laurel (or Datsun 200L as it was badged here) is getting to be a very rare model in the UK. This particular example is unusual in that it’s a four cylinder version, running the old Prince designed G20 crossflow OHC motor. Most C130 sedans I have seen have the L20A six cylinder engine, and indeed the four looks very odd under the bonnet, due to the length of the engine bay. This car has got to have the biggest plastic fan shroud I have ever seen! Mechanically the car is pretty good and drives well, as it should with only 38,000 miles on the odometer….
The engine is slightly poorly… it has one rocker arm that is slowly chewing its way into the tip of a valve stem (sounds nasty!). A fairly easy to fix if I can find the parts. The body requires mostly cosmetic work and a respray to make it good, although the car has had quite a bit of welding underneath in the past. The interior is decent too, which is a bonus with this kind or car, as all the moulded and sculpted plastic is hard to repair or replace. Future plans are uncertain for this car, as I may convert it to a six cylinder using parts from a Laurel 6, which I may be getting for spares soon. This would mean that I could save the G20 for a spare for my earlier C30 Laurel, which has a G18. Either way it’ll remain on the road.