Restore, Restomod, or Rat Rod: 1964 Datsun 320 1200 Pickup Project – SOLD!

Sep 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

September 14th Update – Mid-Sixties Datsun pickups are a rare sight anywhere, let alone for sale.  The private seller of this project-quality ’64 1200 already deleted their Craigslist ad barely two weeks after first posting it, so we’re calling this minitruck “Sold!”

Sales of Japanese mini-pickups did not take off in the United States until the mid-1970s as a reaction to rising gas prices, so it’s very rare to come across an earlier example such as this 1964 Datsun 1200 pickup currently listed here on Craigslist in Fall River, Massachusetts. Said to be a barn find that runs, the private seller of this rare Datsun expects $2,700 firm for the next caretaker to purchase it.  A check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s request is slightly higher than the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,025, $1,625, and $2,600, respectively.  If you are serious about buying this Datsun, you can start the conversation by calling the seller at (774) 218-5930.  When you do, please remember to mention you saw his coupe featured here on GuysWithRides.com

In August 1961 the new 320 series was released. It was produced until 1965 in three series (320–322). The 320 series was largely inherited from the earlier 120/220, although with clear improvements to body and frame. It used the Nissan E-1 engine. This engine produced 60 PS. Nissan updated the larger commercially focused Nissan Junior in 1962.

All Datsun trucks kept the A-arm torsion bar front suspension with leaf-sprung rear ends and had a 1/2 ton load capacity. Rear-end gearing was a low 4.875:1 along with a four-speed transmission; as a result, the 320 was not freeway friendly above 60 mph. Fender emblems showed “Datsun 1200” and “60 HP” (“55ps” for models sold in Japan) with a “Datsun” emblem on the front nose of the hood.

Available body styles include a single cab “truck” (320), a longer wheelbase single cab truck (G320), a double cab “pickup” with flush sides (U320), and a three-door “light-van” (V320). Though described (and taxed) as a van in the Japanese market, the V320 is essentially a two-door station wagon. The 320 came in two cab and bed versions: Regular, and as the NL320 “Sports Pick-Up” (1963–65) variation which is a rarer (around 1,000 produced) version with the cab and bed of a one-piece design. Its back half is greatly different than that of the standard, separate bed 320 pickups.

Clearly a project truck, this pickup can be taken in one of three directions: restore, restomod, or rat rod.  Which one would you choose and why?  Comment below and let us know!

Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“1964 datsun 1200 pickup truck barn find very rare 4cly standard that runs. The truck is in restorable condition first $2,700 FIRM NO LESS call 774 218 5930

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