Datsun 1200 Review from North America

1970 Datsun 1200 1.1

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
Engine and transmission 1.1
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance98999 miles
Previous carDatsun 1200

Summary:

Great

Faults:

Went through several had gaskets. Engine finally blew at 76000 miles and was replaced.

General Comments:

Bought the car in 1970, and kept it until 1981. What a fun car to drive; great handling, economical, sporty and fast. Great for darting in and out traffic, quite simply put, a great car. Would love to find another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th October, 2010

8th Oct 2010, 17:20

This was a very popular car in Singapore, where they were used by most driving schools to teach people how to drive, replacing the ubiquitous Morris Minors, which were then getting on in age.

They were compact, easily placed on the road, had a sweet clutch/gear change and were frugal on petrol.

Shame that this practical design was replaced by the horrid 120Y/B210 from late 1973. Although the 120Y/B210 used carried over mechanicals, they just weren't the same, as they were fussily styled and detailed, and garish to look at.

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 1 review