“When you get your hands on something new, it’s hard to keep quiet about it.”
Those were the admittedly bizarre words of Mickey Rourke in a 1988 Daihatsu Charade ad aired in Japan; but to twist that phrase around, here’s something really quite old and I really need to show it.
This beautifully patinated ’67 Datsun is currently being advertised for the very, very affordable asking price of 550 euros. The seller is a man of few words; in addition to mentioning it’s a 1300cc 1967 car, he says “Runs. Not rotten. Offers/Trade” in one simple sentence. In the comments/questions section, as there are bidders lowballing him even though 550 isn’t really that much, he gets progressively more agitated and turns to ALL CAPS, as in NO THANKS.
Anyway, feast your eyes on these photos:
That chalky, aged paint looks excellent. All chrome seems to be in place, even in the interior; really, if I had any way to tow it here and anywhere to put it, I would already be halfway to Pori to get it. And I would do nothing to it, not touch up a quarter-sized spot on it but just keep it that way, as a monument to beautiful and affordable decay of yesteryear.
Actually, scratch that; I’d chuck those ’90s speakers to the nearest skip as soon as possible, along with the ill-fitting stereo head unit.
The plates on the car aren’t 1967 originals, as those should be short and black. CBY sounds like mid-’90s to my ear, so the car’s probably been partially restored/welded to make it through inspection back then, after a period of disuse. It could probably be made roadworthy again with little work, and there’s a large old Japanese car fanbase here to deliver advice how to keep those diddly wheels turning. It even comes with a tow rope, so you needn’t bring your own, and some reeaally narrow winter tires.
How about you, would you pick up this Bluebird for a song?