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Categories: Body | Fibreglass

Adorning the extreme ends of the Datsun 1200 are chrome bumpers. Although the front bumper is shared by all models, the rear bumper differs between Coupe, Sedan, Van and Sunny Truck. The revised front bumpers have bolt holes for USA and Japan license plates (two sets of holes), while early ones are specific.



* sedan, coupe, wagon, truck 1971-1978
* truck 1978-2008
* Sedan  license number lamp
* Coupe  license number cutout
* Wagon  plain straight bumper
* Ute    bumperettes (rubber pads)

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rubber #Overriders
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SEDAN - straight rear bumper with opening for plate light
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The front bumper= of a 1200 is a fairly straight chrome bar and has two small notches on the bottom for the front turn-signal lights:
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All 1200 models used the same front bumper, including Truck through March 1978
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North America 1200 came with rubber #overriders
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The front bumper is in three pieces, although it is sold factory assembled as one piece.

  • Two long front sections (left and right) that curve and the end to wrap around the side just a little
  • a shallow degree binding piece (the front bumper is a slight V)

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Bumper bar
Stay bolt holes: 710 mm apart
Height: ~90 mm
Depth at Center: ~30 mm
Depth off Center: ~45 mm
Has both plate holes:
* License Plate holes USA: 7" (~178mm)
* Number Plate holes Japan 210 mm (some threaded, some not)

Some have extra cosmetic front bolt holes:
Outer front bolt holes: 300 mm outboard of stay holes

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Stays mount the bumper to the body. Early vs late stays have a different bolt angle and spacing (not interchangeable).

Early 1200s use 8mm bolts (fastening Stay to Hood Ledge)
Later 1200s use 12mm bolts (from '72-7)


Australia utes used the same bumper as coupe and sedan until the last 1985.

STD trucks used a flat-silver painted bumper (62651-G1001). DX trucks used a chrome bumper (62651-H1001).

From April 1978, Sunny Truck used a rubber-ended bumper:
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Also available in Chrome or Black
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New Zealand

Some B120 SportStar utes had black bumpers:
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B140 Bakkie

The B140 Bakkie has a larger flat bumper, painted black, with lights in the face.
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PB110 Sunny Excellent came with a unique front bumper with a separate bar and S-curved ends. Every piece is different from the 1200 (bar, stays & brackets). The fasteners (bolts, washers and shims) are same as the 1200.

H25 bumper
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Bumper end: 62653-H2500 BUMPER-front (R.H.)
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Rear bumpers differ by 1200 model, and are distinguished by the license plate lighting provision. PB110 used the same rear bumpers as regular B110.

  • #Sedan Rear bumper has a small light in the center facing up to illuminate the license plate
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  • #Coupe Rear bumper has a notch for the license plate:
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  • Wagon is smooth with no notch and no light:
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  • #Ute Rear has rear bumper, just rubber pads
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  • North America 1200 had rubber #overriders
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  • Alternative bumper on a sedan rear
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Sedan Rear

bumper has a small light in the center facing up to illuminate the license plate. PB110 and B110 use same rear bumpers.

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Coupe Rear

Coupe bumper has a notch for the number plate, the notch is wide to acommodate Commonwealth plates as well as the narrower Japan or USA plates.

H18 (coupe) bumper bar
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H19 North America coupe with #Overriders (same as H18 but with holes drilled for bolting on overriders)
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H18 worldwide (no overrider bolt holes)
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Truck Rear

Ute had two small rubber pads (for the tailgate to drop against), and two black corner bumperettes:

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Sunny B210 bumper fitted to Sunny Truck
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B140 Bakkie

Late-model B140 Bakkie rear has the standard two black corner bumperettes but with reflectors in the face.

The latest bakkies had Reflectors in the bumperettes
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RED starboard
RED port

Starting with the 2003 facelift?
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1973 USA Bumpers

For 1973, USA models got redesigned bumper-to-body brackets to meet FMVSS No. 215 (2.5 mph bumpers). They also used larger bumper pads. The chrome parts look similar but are different. These are not safety bumpers but are designed to reduce low-speed car damage (property damage).

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NOTE: A 1973 front bumper with brackets does not fit a 1971 or 1972 model

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H70 front bumper
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Front reinforcement
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H70 rear sedan bumper
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H71 rear coupe bumper (notched for license plate)
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Implementation Details:
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Two-piece construction
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Note the double-set of bolt holes for the stays (inboard of the lamp cutouts)
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License Plate Lighting

 Also see: Rear License Plate Lamp

For North America in order to meet new FMVSS regulations, 1973 Sedan rear bumper was modified to have a brighter license plate lamp (the coupe with its dual lamps was already bright enough). The lighting moved from the bumper to near the plate.

1973 Sedan - bumper bar with no light (H70)
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The resulting bumper was similar to a wagon bumper but came with large rubber overriders and extra holes to bolt to the larger 1973 stays.

1973 apron panel is same as earlier
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South Africa

1200s in South Africa, at least from 1973, were factory-fitted with Datsun 510 bumpers. These have a bit longer overbend, but are the same width.

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Bumper Options

Coupe shown with Overriders AND a Bumper Guard


JDM models came without rubber overriders, but all North American models had rear overriders front and rear.

with overriders
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without overriders
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North America bumpers with overriders removed (note holes in bumper)
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Rare Australia overriders
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the rubber part snaps into the holes in the metal part
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Bumper Guards

OPTION available from Datsun USA dealers were tubular steel "bumper guards" (a type of overrider) from Amco:

Amco 5563 shown on Coupe

From the 1971 Accessories brochure
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Bull Bar

Bullbar or Roo bar will prevent random large animals from smashing your radiator grille. In some places called a Brush Guard or Nudge Bar.

Factory B140 Bull Bar

Dealer-installed Roadstar Nudge Bars
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Heavy-Duty Bumper with Bilby Guard
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Bull Bar
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sidedraught's Bull Bar:
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South African Safari Bar
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Ecuador Brush Guard on B210 2-dr sedan
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FRP (fiber reinforced plastic), fiberglass or carbon fibre

From Bprojects mail order: Stock bumper design made in FRP with White Gel Coating

Custom Bumpers


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Black painted
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Bumperless Look

Bumper removed
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Chromeless Coupe
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Smooth Coupe
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Bumperless Custom
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Smooth Utes

Bumpers backside Sunny Trucks (bumperettes removed)

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Part Numbers

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