Welcome to Hooniverse Truck Thursday, and for today, I uncovered a very rare pickup. This is a 1964 Datsun NL320 Sport Pickup, which is one of only 1,000 ever produced. The NL320 featured unibody construction, which meant the cab and bed are one piece, and the doors are approximately 2 inches longer than the standard Datsun L320. Its back half was, of course, greatly different than the standard model L320, with its traditional pickup bolt-on bed. There is even a web site that offers more information on these trucks appropriately named Datsun320.com. So, let’s discover this rare and wonderful little truck…
Apparently the Datsun L320 and the NL320 pickup trucks were produced between 1961 thru 1965 and were replaced with the 1965 520 model pickup. The NL320 series was only produced between 1963 and 1965. All 320s came equipped with a column mounted 4-speed stick, and were powered by a 1200cc “E1” engine that produced 60 HP. The engine was slightly different throughout the production cycle of these trucks, which is fascinating, but that’s not the point of this posting.
This is…. a rare 1964 model that is still registered and roadworthy, running around the state of Vermont. According to the listing:
Rust-free body. 70% – 80% original paint. Nice chrome and bright-work. Great glass. Original floor mat in nice shape! Hand-crank starter behind the seat. Factory parcel shelf behind the seat. Original seat has a fabric cover on the bottom portion. Radio delete panel still in place. No modifications. Bone stock.
Starts in seconds every time with two pumps of the accelerator and a bit of choke. Even after sitting for a month or two. Runs/drives/stops/steers/shifts A1. Everything works as it should except the heater/defroster which the PO disconnected. The 4-speed on the column shift is actually a joy to drive using the top three gears most of the time with your fingertips doing the gearchange.! First gear is extra low and non-synchro. Great for hills or when getting started carrying a load. The truck can haul a 1/2 ton easily. The gears are deep but it still handles traffic quite well and is a brisk performer off the line.
The truck shows 57,000 miles, has new tires, and has never seen snow or ice. The top bid right now is $4,100 with an unmet reserve. I have a feeling that this Vermont Datsun will soon be going back to California, or back to its birthplace at a price that is much dearer than this. What is your prediction as to the final price? Did you even know a truck like this was even produced? (I didn’t) See the eBay listing here.