Looking for a track day car that you can legally, if not comfortably, drive to the track and back? This 1969 Datsun could be just the ticket. And lead to a few tickets too.
Popular and competitive in SCCA events from the get-go, the Pre-Z Datsun Sports of the 60's continue to provide great fun and a relatively practical (as practical can be) platform to campaign in a number of classes.
This roadster has been on the autocross track for a long time and has the awards, upgrades, and bruises to prove it. SCCA wins dating back to 1993 and as recently as 2010 are mentioned along with a few magazine covers including Grassroots Motorsports and Pylon twice.
Though it remains street legal, this roadster has evolved to be a track-oriented tool. Z-calipers with adjustable brake bias will put you out of a few SCCA classes, but should provide for some serious braking. The engine has been blueprinted and bored 0.040 over with flat top pistons, "race prepped rods", and a ported head. A Nissan B cam leads to 10.5:1 compression and calls for street-pump premium An aluminum flywheel, comp clutch pilot bearing, race prepped transmission, and a shimmed clutch will make for some shifting that may take some getting used to.
Koni shocks all around compliment the old style Nissan springs and a custom bar in the back is unlike anything we've ever seen on these. Flared fenders make room for wide tires, and no mention is made, but photos show street tires on gold rims along with Hoosier track tires on American Racing rims that could have a few more track days left on them.
Plenty of bumps and bruises here, but nothing unexpected. A top, working lights, wipers, and signals are all nicely kept so that this thing can have a plate on it. Keyless ignition may be a no-go in a few states but it would be easy enough to wire something under the dash to pass inspection. These affordable Japanese imports were a thorn in the side of the British, German, and Italian SCCA racers in the 60's and continue to hold their own today.
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