It was an afternoon in May like every other, checking parts for sale on the internet, when I came across this 1971 B110 Coupe for sale.
Here on the east coast the chance to buy a decent coupe or sedan does not come up everyday. Lucky for me I work in the same town that this car was posted for sale. I went to have a look at it after work and was pretty happy with the condition of the car. However, the car was not running. The previous owner promised me it ran and I came back a few days later after he fixed the points on the distributor and it fired right up.
Took it for a test drive and was pleasantly surprised by the peppiness of the A12. It is numbers matching engine/body. Ran pretty good but had smoke on start up and sometimes at acceleration so may indicate bad valve seals. So I took a punt and bought the little coupe! Owned about 4 or so 1200 utes before (including my current B120 project build), but never a coupe. Also my first USDM datsun!
The car was missing alot of parts however. No cowl grilles, mirrors, bumpers, glove box, console, trim. Two front seats were in poor condition. Had an original passenger seat and the driver's seat was a dodgy old plastic drag racing seat held in with one screw. Missing seat belts too and few other parts.
Had temporary registration so I only drove the car a few times. Got caught in the rain one day. The wipers were not working so I had to manually operate them by disconnecting the linkage to the wiper motor and reaching in through the hole in the dash were there once was a radio and pull them back and forth. That's my aussie ingenuity kicking in.
Later on I found out the switch was disconnected on the dash.
Horn not working, interior light not working, license plate light has a smash. Wrong front driver's side lamp. Both fenders in rough shape. Hood has a nice butt size dent in the front. Various rust holes in the body. The usual Datsun rust in all the usual Datsun places.
Here are some photos from back in May when I first bought the car: