2019 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction

1965 Datsun L520 Utility

$10,000 - $14,000

No Reserve


Engine 1299cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Engine No. 007279
Chassis No. 13203
Body Work Utility
Colour Brown
Interior Beige
Trim Vinyl
Brakes Drum/drum

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The Datsun 520 utility was built from 1965 until May 1968. Strongly resembling a Datsun 410/411 from the front, since it shared most of the same sheet metal with that car, the Datsun 520 was a traditional utility with a separate cabin and high-sided load tray. It was powered by the then-new 1.3 litre, 67 hp Nissan J13 four-cylinder engine, hooked up to a four-speed manual with column-mounted shift. Up front the Datsun used A-arm torsion bar independent front suspension with leaf-sprung live axle rear ends, giving the 520 a half-ton load capacity. In 1965 and 1966 the 520 had two single headlights, but for 1967 the 520 was slightly redesigned with twin headlights. This design was carried on until the end of 520 production. Single cab (520, and L520 for left-hand drive version), LWB Single cab (G520), Double cab (U520) and delivery van (V520) versions were also available. Front guard badges read “Datsun 1300”, “Datsun 1500” or “Datsun 1600” depending on the engine fitted. 


Incredibly rare Datsun 520 Utility
Standard, no modifications
Remarkably original
No Reserve
An unusual sight on Australian roads when it was brand new, this 1965 Datsun 520 Utility could well be the only one still on our roads today. It is finished in classic ‘Japanese commercial vehicle brown’ and does have evidence of some repairs over the years. The rear tray has been finished with more recent flock protective paint. Inside, the cabin is a real period piece, in great original untouched condition from its black plastic dash to the beige vinyl bench seat, although the radio has disappeared. All the hubcaps are still there though, fitted to steel rims and shod with thin whitewall tyres. Factory accessories fitted include the two fender-mounted mirrors and a mesh sunshade over the windscreen. A previous long-term owner used it as a daily driver, but the vendor has instead enjoyed it for recreation over the 12 months he’s owned it. Our Datsun 520 is from the very first year of production, making it even rarer, and its’ believed genuine 106,000km (at the time of cataloguing) even more remarkable. A rare and most unusual collectible, this Datsun 520 is an absolute period piece. Where are going to find another one? Previously on club registration, it is being offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve.


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