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Jay Leno checks out an SR20-powered Datsun 1600 restomod

The Datsun 1600 laid the inspiration for the 240Z and the road of Nissan Z sports activities automobiles that adopted. Mike Spagnola of Goal Constructed Motors revered that heritage whereas upgrading a 1600’s efficiency to show it right into a tasteful restomod that not too long ago appeared on “Jay Leno’s Storage.”

Along with being particular to Datsun and Nissan followers, the 1600 additionally has particular significance for Leno as a result of one in all these roadsters was his second automobile buy (after a 1934 Ford pickup truck). His automobile was nothing like this crimson roadster, although.

The automobile began out as a naked shell, Spagnola stated. Whereas aesthetic modifications are primarily restricted to larger wheels and tires with fender flares to cowl them, a shock waits underneath the hood.

Datsun 1600 restomod on Jay Leno's Garage

Datsun 1600 restomod on Jay Leno’s Storage

The Datsun is powered by an SR20DET turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 from an S13-generation Nissan 240SX. Whereas nonetheless a Nissan engine, it is simple to switch and has in depth aftermarket help. With an aftermarket turbocharger, it makes about 300 hp on the wheels, and about 260-lb-ft of torque, Spagnola stated. That is much more than the inventory engine.

The brand new engine does match extra snugly within the engine bay, nonetheless, and Spagnola needed to put some gold-leaf insulation on the hood to cope with the warmth thrown off by the turbo. The brakes have been sourced from a extra fashionable Nissan sports activities automobile as properly, on this case, a 300ZX.

Whereas the Datsun 1600’s lineage continues with the 2023 Nissan Z sports activities automobile, the Datsun title itself will not be lengthy for this world. After being retired in 1981, the Datsun title was revived in 2013 for rising markets, promoting automobiles in international locations like India, Indonesia, and Russia. However Nissan is mulling killing off Datsun once more and reallocating assets to its electric-vehicle enterprise, Nikkei Asia reported in April 2022.

Take a look at the complete video for extra data on the automobile and to listen to Jay’s ideas about how this automobile drives. Spoiler, he is impressed.

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