1973 Datsun 120Y Review

1973 Datsun 120Y 1.2 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired164000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres


Make way for Datsun!


New clutch.

New exhaust.

New starter motor.

All in 2007.

Some minor rust fixed in 2008 for WOF.

General Comments:

Dato 120Y Coupe.

Runs AMAZINGLY! Has a lotta go for a wee 1200. Took on an '87 GT Corolla and had it by a nose!

Never fails to start even on the coldest mornings.

It's a car that you've gotta make sure the driver and car are legal because it looks a little conspicuous (a grey panel, racing exhaust and some chrome mags) and the cops tend to like it.

Best of all, it only costs $40NZ to fill a tank! Sick wee car. Love it to pieces!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2008

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review