Datsun 1200: The unsung Bathurst hero

16 November 2012
The five-speed Datsun 1200 ‘factory lightweight’ built for Bathurst ’73 was a pocket rocket! (Image from:

The Datsun 1200 was one of the most successful Series Production cars ever to compete in the annual Bathurst 500/1000 endurance race. Only trouble is, few people knew about it. 

While the media and most race fans were focused on the annual stoush for outright honours between Ford and Holden, the Datsun 1200 starred in some of the most competitive and fiercely fought battles in Class A in the early to mid-1970s which barely rated a mention.