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[Datsun 1200 encyclopedia]

South Africa

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Datsun 1200s were sold and even locally produced in South Africa. Though 1975, 4-door sedans and GX Coupes were sold. In 1980, the Datsun 1200 pickup became the Datsun 1400 pickup, and exclusive Nissan-Datsun South Africa offering.



Datsun B10 (1000) zero
B210 (1000 bakkie) one
B110R 1200 2-door sedan four

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Velociti 1000 Pickup

1970 Datsun B20 ute
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Vinyl Top
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with bumperettes & B140 DX alloy wheels
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Nissan-Datsun South Africa originally imported B120s into South Africa. In 1976 production started in the Rosslyn factory and these were marketed as "120Y" bakkies after the current 120Y (B210) sedans. In 1980 it changed to the B140 "1400" bakkie. In 1987 the South Africa-specific B140 model with raised roof was developed and produced to the end of 2007.

1400 bakkie
Main: B140
120Y bakkie
Main: B120
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Datsun 1200 GX Coupes and Sedans were sold in South Africa. A Coupe can be briefly seen in the 1980 movie The Gods Must Be Crazy. The GX sedans were common in South Africa, and a surprising amount of them can still be seen driving around.

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South Africa GXs are unique in these respects:

  • Front and rear reflectors
  • 'Datsun' rear and side emblems (Japan Datsun 1200 GX has 'Sunny' badges)
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  • Facelift (late) grille, with:
    • early-style back panel treatment
    • early Export round 'D' grille badge
  • Deluxe-style mirrors
  • Made through 1975
  • Unique Hubcaps
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  • Datsun 510 rear bumper
  • Datsun 510 front bumper on some
  • DX interior upholstery
  • non-Japan seats
  • Orange rocker cover and air cleaner (?)
  • Coupe has no C-pillar badge, but has a fender/wing/gaurd badge

GX sedan fitted with Champ wheels
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GX coupe from South Africa
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1975 GX
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South Africa also sold DX sedans which also used the facelift grille, but with non-facelift bonnet and had rectangular gauges.

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1973 DX (modified with GX hubcaps, aftermarket mirrors, and steering wheel from a B140)
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South Africa sold locally produced B210 models.

See main articles:
* South Africa B210 A12-engined
* 140Y and 160Y L14 and L16 powered
* 140Z and 160Z Special sport coupes

Advert includes B210, B120, 610, 710 and 620
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Most 1200/1400/1600 used the Excellent-style front (grille & bonnet).

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Club Members has about 100 members from South Africa. Here are members that have posted pictures about their 1200s:

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  • Yellow_Peril
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  • rotary13b
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South Africans are car-crazy and love to race.

  • Audi-powered bakkie
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  • 4A-powered bakkie
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GX Coupe with V6 stroker, M75 diff, Cressida gearbox, rollcage
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