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[Datsun 1200 encyclopedia]


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Category: Body


Body Dimensions

Compared to the Coupe, the sedan sits 5mm lower in front, 5mm higher in back. The sedans have "rake". The Coupe sits level.

  • Width, sedan: 1495 mm (also Van)
  • Width, Coupe: 1515 mm

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  • Length, sedan: 3830 mm
  • Length, coupe: 3835 mm
  • Length, van: 3865 mm
    • Front Bumper to axle: 605 mm
    • Wheelbase: 2300 mm
    • Rear axle to rear body edge, sedan: 915 mm
    • Rear axle to rear body edge, coupe: 880 mm
    • Rear axle to rear body edge, van: 955 mm (edge of door hinge)
    • Rear bumper overhang, sedan: 10 mm
    • Rear bumper overhang, coupe: 40 mm
    • Rear bumper overhang, van: 5 mm
  • Ground clearance: 170.0 mm
  • Top of rear bumper, sedan: 580 mm from ground
  • Top of rear bumper, coupe: 575 mm from ground

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  • Track width: 1240 mm front (tire tread centers)
  • Track width: 1245 mm rear (49.0 inches NOTE: Datsun 510 IRS is 50 inches)
  • Headlight Centers width: 1125 mm
  • Headlight Centers from ground, sedan: 660 mm (also van)
  • Headlight Centers from ground, coupe: 665 mm
  • Height, Sedan: 1390 mm
  • Height, Coupe: 1350 mm
  • Height, Van: 1405 mm
    • Tire radius: 276 mm

Ground clearance is measured from the bottom of the differential housing. So when you think about it, the tire size will make a difference...

  • Nominal Tire diameter: 21.7 inch (155SR-12, factory size)

Measurement sheets:
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^Diagrams: Sunny Salesman's Book, 1970


  • 60 crossmember bolts spacing
  • 656 " bolts width
  • 68, 8 " bolts from strut centerline

Leaf spring

  • 1117.5 front bolt to rear bolt
  • 125-54.2 vertical front bolt (below) to rear bolt (above)
  • 5.8

B310 Crossmember

  • 68.1 crossmember bolts spacing
  • 39.6, 43.2
  • 43.6, 40
  • 714, 722 " bolts width
  • 84.2, 16.1 " bolts from strut centerline
  • 850 axle centerline to shifter
  • 635 axle centerline to front crossmember bolt

Van Cargo Area

  • floor from ground: 565 mm
  • Length with rear seat folded up: 1485 mm
  • Hatch opening space: 815 mm high, 870 mm wide at top of door
  • nominial inside width: 1235 mm (5dr) or 1240 mm (3dr)



See also: Weight

Lighter means faster accelerating with same engine

Comparison of 1200 to other 4-door sedans
B101550 pounds (703 kg)
B1101640 pounds (743 kg)
B2102000 pounds (overweight?)
B3102000 pounds (bigger than B210, yet just as light)
SPL3101995 pounds (905 kg)


Also see Size
In millimeters:
SPL310 roadster3953228014951213/119812754.9160
B110383023001495124013904.1 m170 mm
B210408023401545127513604.7 m170
S30/240Z coupe4136230516301347/13561283turning161

Weight Distribution

modelfront/rearHeight of Center of Gravity
B10 DX55/45HCG
SPL31054/46460 mm
1981 Civic: 61/39
1981 Corolla FWD: 60/40
B120 Front: 430kg 
B120 Rear: 300kg

Body Alignment

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Closeup detail- front suspension
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Window Sticker
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Datsun 1000 Wagon
VB10-b.jpg VB10-a.jpg

4-door Sedan
B10-b.jpg B10-a.jpg

2-door Sedan
B10R-b.jpg B10R-a.jpg

B20-b.jpg B20-a.jpg



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1976 North America specification
B210.jpg KB210-GV.jpg B210R-GV.jpg

General Views

General Views Blueprints Diagrams
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