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Hi Steve,

Oops!!!!

I was viewing the pic at the wrong angle, and thought it was part of a Landrover type dashboard with the i.d. plate attached to it, instead of the rear of the engine bay :):) A definate case of tunnel vision on my part.

Now if I could read Japanese, that may help... Any hints ??

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i'd say its a roadster too. The "sp311" on bottom left of the plate is a dead giveaway. That makes it a late '65-early'67 with the 1595cc engine.

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sp311 on botom right (I can't read Japanese!)

I would say you are right on the knocker there Halz. Looks like you may get the Kewpie doll prize from Zvoiture, possibly.

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Reading Japanese won't help much with reading VIN / Chassis Number tags on Japanese-market cars. What you need to bone up on is the factory build codes.

This one says "CSP311" - so its the "first" SILVIA, a pretty-much hand-built 2-door coupe body on a Roadster frame. Nissan did not build very many of them, and just a few got outside Japan.

They were really pretty cars. Albrecht Goertz always claimed more than his fair share of design-input on this model ( what's new? ) but I believe the first styling sketches and follow-through on the design were done by Nissan stylist Mr Kazuo Kimura. Goertz made some "suggestions" on it..................

What's the story on this one? Where is it?

Do I get the Kewpie doll?

Alan.

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Interesting... it says csp311 at the top of the plate and I'm sure it only says sp311 on the bottom right...maybe that's just the chassis type..? Anyhoo... here's a picture:

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:stupid: Darnit, forgot about that Silvia coupe. Here I was just looking at one on Ebay not too long ago and forgot all about it. Oh well, can't get them all right.:ermm:

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I knew the split second Alan saw this thread, the game would be over!...This car is pretty beat...strange bumpers..lots of ugly mods...twin sunroofs??? It was given to a Nissan race driver who lived in Hawaii and the current owner bought it and had it shipped over. He doesn't have a bunch of money to dump into it, but is slowly putting it back together with the help of interested parties in NZ. Runs great...drove it to the show...

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steve77

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Damn, I knew it was a silvia as soon as I saw the CSP311 in the top right of the VIN plate, which is the model number. Didn't think many of them existed any more.

Nissan only made around 550 of them which makes it a vary rare car about as rare as a Z432 or toyota 2000gt (probably valuable too).

It's a right hand drive isn't it.

what year is it? any way to tell

I cant make out the chassis number on the tag, SP311 70 what?

the number after the 7 will tell you which number car it was, then you can approimatley tell when it was made based on the production numbers.

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If any of you are interested, go to the Classic Datsun Motorsports web-site and look under Cars for Sale. The Silvia I saw on Ebay is now advertised there. This car has a little history to go along with it to make it more interesting.

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Being an Aussi I am pretty lucky because, 49 0f them were sold in Australia with a couple comming from japan and and other parts of asia, they are a cute little car, I have been lucky enough to one one for a couple of years before I sold it to my friend to add to his fairlady collection. They basically have a 1500 fairlady chassis with 1600 sports running gear and a hand built body so that means panels from other cars wont fit. And that sucks!

They feel very much like a 1600 sports to drive but you do notice the higher center of gravity, one of the unique features of the car is that some of the cars had tinted blue glass. They are a beautifull little car that never realy received their full recognition, but that could have more to do with their initial high price target that never realy took off in Australia.

Although it is still a credit to nissan at all that they sold any at all here.:love:

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