Advert: Un Sole Nuovo (Datsun 1200)

TheĀ Italian Datsun market remains something of an enigma to me. There seems to have been remarkable few sales in Italy back in the 70s and 80s. The ill fated collaboration between Nissan and Alfa Romeo in the 1980s, although primarily intended to save Alfa Romeo, was surely also a way for Nissan to circumvent any import restrictions on Japanese cars. There certainly were Datsuns on the Italian market in the 1970s as illustrated by the three Datsun 1200 (B110) adverts below. I’d be very interested to see more Italian market literature if anyone has any…

Janspeed Datsun 1200

Another interesting Datsun has just re-appeared recently. This Datsun 1200 coupe (KB110 model) is reputedly what remains of the original Janspeed built 1200 race car that won its class in the Dutch Touring Car championship, in both ’74 and ’75 with Han Tjan at the helm. Although the car has been re-shelled at some point, most of the original equipment is still there, including a unique rack and pinion steering conversion! The arch flares have changed and the front airdam has gone but is it the same car?…

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