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Rides from the Readers: 1968 Datsun 1600 roadster

Today's featured car is a 1968 Datsun 1600 roadster , the Japanese contender in a fight that included MG, Fiat, and Triumph. Though many will whisper that Nissan merely ripped off the MGB, the petite 1600 debuted months before its British competitor. Their similar looks are purely coincidental. You can distinguish the Datsun easily by its stacked taillights and low-profile hood scoop. Produced under the Fairlady name in their home market, these roadsters progressed from 1963–70 from 1500 and 1600 models to a 2000 that became available in mid-1967.


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Very nice. I have a good friend who has a pale yellow 1600. And the explanation of the resemblance to the MG was welcome as well. The attention the cars have gotten in the last few years with all the other Japanese brands is long overdue.