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Looks like it could be a 1964 1500 Datsun Roadster. The grille isn't original, but the the body shape is right.

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Stephen's on the mark - MG Midget/post-Bugeye Austin Healy Sprite.

I had a 67 Sprite - what a fun little car that was, and I do mean little.

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Nothing MG about that car or midget about those boobies! That is an Austin Healy Sprite Mk II. My guess pre1965 depending on the engine size. The first of the "square bodies" came with the same 997cc engine of the Mk I "frog-eye" and are easily spotted by the way the top fastens to the rear deck. I recall they had side curtains, but I may be wrong about that. There was an 1100cc version of this car before the Mk III was introduced with the popular 1275cc engine in 1967, I believe. The Mk III rear deck had a lip for a perminent fastening of the top along the rear edge. A marked improvement as it made the top weather-proof with the addition of roll-up windows and swing-out vents. The 1275cc engine gave the car the real oomph it needed, although it was cast-iron block and head - pushrod overhead valve. It ran twin SU carburetors - smaller than the Z Hitachis, but the same.

Healy Racing constructed five or so of the MkIII unibody shells in aluminum and campaigned a racing effort at LeMans and Sebring - probably more I'm not aware of. A three-woman team (Donna-Mae Mims?) was entered by the Ring-Free Oil sponsored team in....I don't remember. The "Sebring Sprite" chassis was made in both coupe and roadster form. The coupes raced at Sebring. I have driven a roadster. They were equipped with Lucas fuel-injected 1275cc engines and five speed transmissions derived from the MGB gearbox. Solid rear axle...lever arm shocks...four-wheel disks.

I used to be a sprite freak. Here I am in 1973.

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Looks like it could be a 1964 1500 Datsun Roadster. The grille isn't original, but the the body shape is right.

Oh nooooooooo!

Will

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Chris,

Your telling on yourself now! At least you were driving an RWA (round wheel arch) Midget which is much prettier than the square wheel arched Midgets. Apparently, the body structure was deemed more crash resitant with the square wheel arch and it made its ugly return to finish out the series. I think they really became horrible when the rubber bumpers were affixed to the body shell much the same way that the 280Z ended up.

Funny thing is I now kind of appreciate their ugliness. A friend of mine and I have acompetition going to see who kind find the ugliest Datsun (L-series powered) and we hit a new high (low) point last week when a 610 wagon was for sale on ebay but I digress.

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Ugliest Datsun? F10 (I know it's not L series powered) but then there's the first gen 200SX. Then there's my 810. Luckily there was a four door and wagon version of the 810 both of which out-ugly the coupe.

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I like them all. I think the S10 Silvia (200SX) took styling clues from the C110

IMHO the 710 wagon with that weird low body ridge would be the bottom of my list

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The trouble with ugly datsuns is that they tend to get so ugly that they become cool/cute. The S10 I think is lovely because it's just so weird - love the furutistic tail lights and what appears to be an early attempt at "Bangle" styling!! LOL The 710 is cute, but the wagon I guess is a bit drab. The F10 is awesome because of its whackiness. And racing pedigree.

For me - and sorry Stephen - the 200B has got to be up there from the cars I can think of off the top of my head. The Coupe gets off easily because it's "cool" though!

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The trouble with ugly datsuns is that they tend to get so ugly that they become cool

Just like the 240K. I used to think they were so ugly.

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How on earth could a 240k ever be deemed 'ugly' - its dripping with style! A 120y, however....its become a cult car because of its ugliness. I think for many (uninformed) people the 120y epitomises datsun.

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The MG Midget had rounded wheel arches in 1972. My car was actually a '69 Sprite with the fenders cut out. Much easier to make tire clearance that way. My Spridget was RHD also, which I loved.

The conversations about Datsun design in the later '70s has me thinking about these styling prototypes from 1966 and the Nissan 270X concept car.

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I think for many (uninformed) people the 120y epitomises datsun.

Even to the "informed". And there's no dishonor in that. A tough, reliable, inexpensive yet high quality car that supplied years of almost trouble free service, with a high quality driving experience. Doesn't that sum up the 120Y (74~77 B210) and for that matter Nissan cars in general?

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How on earth could a 240k ever be deemed 'ugly'?

Well back in the late 80's early 90's Japanese cars got lower looking (from a side profile point of view) and smoother/rounder and the 240K when compared to new cars styling trends, with its big slabs of side sheet metal with the sharp line down the side was very out of style.

Even when it was released the (aussie) motoring press gave it a hammering for being ugly. I remember reading an article that said it looked like 2 people designed the car. one did the front and the other did the back, and that the front and the back didnt match.

Now cars seem to be getting taller again, and sharp lines are making a comeback. It just car fashion. It comes and goes in cycles just like everything else.

Ugly or not? Datsun 126X & 216X:

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Bah! Aussie motoring press...Ive always been of the opinion that the c110, in both coupe and sedan forms, is muscular and well proportioned. Maybe im crazy but i cant really see where theyre coming from...Beauty is most definitely in the eye of the beholder.

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