Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend Edition. The Datsun 200 SX of the early 80’s is re-badged Nissan Silvia and was really a Japanese interpretation of a small Monte Carlo of Ford Thunderbird of the 70’s. I remember going to a Datsun dealer and looking at the Notchback Coupe version, finished in a 2-tone blue with a blue velour interior and I thought it was rather splendid. Anyway, it seems there were a few convertible conversions of this car, and one is now for sale on eBay.
The Datsun 200SX roadster was constructed by American Custom Coachworks of Hollywood California. In the late seventies this company was the largest custom coach builder in the USA. While they built a number of stretched limousines and utility vehicles, mostly for oil-rich Arabs, the bulk of their business was in converting steel-topped coupes to convertibles. They worked exclusively for Ford, Cadillac, Lincoln-Mercury, and later on with Nissan dealers. It took about six weeks to make the conversion; this required removal of the top section as well as some restructuring, including reinforcing the windshield and door pillar posts.
According to the eBay listing:
Here is a beautiful one of a kind 1-OWNER Datsun 200SX by Nissan. This is a very cool and unique car that you won’t find another one like it. This car is a 1-Owner Car that is a one of a kind beauty. This is a very cool car. This car gets all the looks because no one really knows what it is. This is a great running car. It has the very cool 4cyl. engine that has 8 spark plugs. It was a unique setup that they designed to get the most power out of the engine. This car runs, drives, and shifts great. Handles great gets good gas mileage and is a blast to drive. I can’t stress enough how cool and unique this car is.
It is actually a very big and splashy listing, so why not go to the listing here. The asking price for this car is $9,999, which I think is close to reasonable.
The question is this: Would you ever consider a Convertible Conversion a collectible, and would you want to own one?