July 1, 2019 Update – While updating our database, we confirmed the private seller deleted their Craigslist post, so we’re calling this Datsun “Sold!”
We found this rare-in-the-US 1963 Datsun L320 Pickup truck here on Craigslist in Annapolis, Maryland for the asking price of $2,500. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal guide lists the Low, Average, and High values at $1,025, $2,275, and $4,600, respectively so given its current undriveable state we hope there’s room for negotiation on this one.
Datsun produced its 320 Truck series from 1961 through 1965 with numerous improvements made during each year of production. Power came from Nissan’s E-1 1200CC inline four-cylinder that produced 60 PS, or Pferdestärke (horse-strength in German). This converts to 59 horsepower, so this is not a fast truck by any stretch of the imagination.
As the private seller states, “here is a very solid example of one of the early Japanese imports. After trying with little luck selling small cars, Datsun (Nissan) bought over a tough little pickup truck and it proved popular in the few western states that it was imported into. The 320 was one of these early trucks, kind of a test bed before the much more common 520 arrived for sale nationwide.”
The seller goes on to state that, “these are amazingly tough trucks and this one is designed to carry a large load – though slowly as it only has a 1200cc engine. The body on this West Coast truck is very good and when I drove it last the engine, trans and clutch were all very good. Recently, the clutch slave cylinder has failed, so it is not driveable. The engine can be started and run (and it sounds good).”
The only thing we don’t like about the truck is the attempt to add a front air dam. It simply does not belong on a truck of this vintage, so that would be the first thing we would work on after getting this back to driveable condition.
So, we’re curious. What would you do with this solid truck: restore, restomod, or rat rod it? Comment below on what your vision of this rare Datsun is. Good luck with the purchase!