2019 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction

1973 Datsun 180B SSS Coupe

$15,000 - $20,000


Engine 1770cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Five-speed manual
Engine No. L18153952
Chassis No. P610-086576
Body Work Coupe
Colour White
Interior Brown
Trim Vinyl/cloth
Wheels 4 Spoke Alloy
Brakes Disc/Drum

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Known internally as the 610 series and what we know as the Datsun 180B, this model was first launched in Japan in August 1971. Based on the out going 510 model (known to us as the legendary Datsun 1600), the Datsun 180B borrowed its drive train and class leading independent rear trailing arm suspension configuration from the 1600, with some modifications. Datsun released the Australian made 180B model in October 1972 as a four door sedan in Deluxe and GL trims, and an imported two door SSS coupe. It was fitted with the L18 1.8 litre four cylinder engine paired to a four speed manual or three speed automatic transmission. Datsun then upgraded the SSS to a five-speed manual in 1975. Over the base Deluxe, GL models added a vinyl roof, radio with separate speaker, upgraded interior upholstery and trim, cut-pile interior carpeting, chrome exhaust extension, rear mounted GL badge, and whitewall tyres. On top of that, the Japan-built SSS model added twin-Hitachi carburettors, sportier instrument cluster and interior trim, and different wheel covers. The 180B SSS was a popular choice among enthusiast drivers at the time, especially the manual model, and a few enjoyed success in rallying too. The 180B proved popular right to its discontinuation in October 1977, when the P810 200B range arrived in Australia.


  • 1973 Datsun 180B SSS
  • Australian delivered car
  • Five speed manual
  • Some work done, room for further refurbishment
  • When did you last see one of these?
One of the first Datsun 180B SSS models delivered to Australia, this December  1973 model was originally an automatic but is now fitted with a five speed manual from a Datsun 200B. Showing the patina of age, its white paint has been renewed in places but could use some further TLC. A new black vinyl roof has been recently fitted with receipts. Inside, the brown vinyl & cloth trim is in pretty good original shape, with a tear to the driver’s seat and some worn plastic chrome trim. The carpets look new and a more modern stereo is fitted. The engine is fitted with factory-spec round top SU carburettors (rather than Hitachis), extractors and a 2 inch exhaust, a new alternator and the radiator has been reconditioned. The suspension has new King springs and Whiteline sway bars, while the wheels are period Aunger five-spoke mags. New driver’s side rear window seal and period rear window louvre is fitted to our Datsun 180B SSS, while its original set of factory wheel chocs, still wrapped in plastic, are in the glovebox. It comes with its original owner’s manual and various receipts. Now a very rare sight on our roads, and without question the most desirable of the 180Bs, this SSS would make a fantastic project for the committed Datsun or Japanese car enthusiast. Previously on full Victorian registration, it is being offered for sale unregistered.

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