Double Cab Ute: Datsun U620

Most Datsun pickups from the 60s and 70s were standard, two-seat affairs with separate beds – much like almost every other pickup out there. There were a few oddballs, though, including the Sunny Ute we previously featured and today’s U620. This is the Ute version of the 620 pickup and arguably the coolest (and weirdest) Datsun pickup ever made.

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1976 Lotus Eclat Project

We’ve always been intrigued by these 70s Lotus Elite and Eclat (sometimes called the Lotus Eclair).  These front-engine oddballs were large for Lotus, but still used the “just add lightness” formula and were known as excellent handlers.  The Elite, with its shooting brake body type, is more the oddball, while this Eclat has a coupe roof line.  To us, it seems like these cars were style leaders, as they went angular in the mid 70s, while so many others went that way around 1980-1984 (think Celica/Supra, 200SX, Corvette, Camaro/Firebird, Datsun Z, etc.).

Today’s feature is a true project, but it was recently painted and it seems that most, if not all, parts are present.  Note that this is offered by the same shop that sold the Renault Dauphine we featured last week.

The seller indicates that some interior parts should be replaced or restored ad that an engine rebuilt may be a good idea.  That being said, this car was driving to the shop before the restoration was started.  Whether refreshed or rebuilt, the Lotus twin cam should provide a great song and this car should offer a high level of “fun to drive” once it’s put back together.  We hope it finds a loving and capable owner!

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Cullman, AL, USA
$5,950 with ZERO bids and four days to go

This styling has grown on us in recent years.  Sure, we’d love the shooting brake, but the name Eclat adds a few weirdness points.

One doesn’t have to worry about floor pan rust, as these are fiberglass.  The worries relate to the steel frame underneath.

Here’s the trunk – again, it seems solid, but needs to be trimmed out.

Was the twin-cam was left in place for painting?  Maybe not, as the white paint looks pretty fresh.

Yes, front seats are included, along with supposedly every other part removed.

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 ” Happy 75th Birthday…  time to sell all your cars , close the restoration shop,  and enjoy some track time while you can “

 after many years of restoring old race cars, family thinks it’s time to sell off all my accumulated stock of cars and parts.

So we have sold one of our shop buildings,  and are preparing to sell the main shop as well.

As Usual

ALL reasonable offers to add a “Buy it Now”  considered

the Lotus is for sale at the shop and elsewhere, 

the listing may be ended at any time

This is a great opportunity to acquire one of the very desirable Lotus Éclat Sprints

Relisted without reserve, starting where it ended last month.

This Lotus has recently been refinished in Performance Yellow basecoat/clearcoat,  and is for sale as shown just after a rinse.

It is ready to have the trim re-installed.

The interior is in fair condition, and now that the exterior is a head turner,  the upholstery should be refinished also.

This is a Euro Spec car,  LEFT hand drive,  Euro bumpers, with dual D’llorto carburetors, and optional 14″ wheels. Not on the road for some time, the car was driven to the body shop, but after 40 years, the engine should be freshened. 

Cylinders showed 160,155,160,160 psi

All trim and interior parts were carefully removed, and can be packaged and loaded inside the car, so this car can ship quickly to Europe

Many of our cars leave from Port of Savannah,  and we can assist with arrangements to any of the European Ports, as well as Australia from LongBeach on the West Coast

This restoration is NOT ‘stalled’ 

This Sprint is one of several cars in the shop that we continue to work on ( SO PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU BID ) , and if not sold,  the price will change as work continues

Other cars , include the ex Karl Flessa ’59 Bugeye race car, a ’65  Morgan +4, a ’57 Mercury Montclair w/Tpke engine, the ex Bill Leonhardt/ Dan Gallant  ’57 Volvo 444 race car (oldest Volvo race car still actively racing ), 59’LaDawri Daytona 292 T’Bird w 3 deuces, a ’60 Lotus 7 Series1, , the ex John Helms Fiat 124, spider race car,  ’72 TE27 Corolla Vintage race car,a’52 BucklerMk10 TaylorAlloyBody, the original Fiberfab Factory Azteca mid-engine Corvair/Porsche 356 base , a’58 Turner 803, a PreWar Ranger 440 Aircraft engined race car, a ’29 Studebaker Lt Six Boattail speedster,  several Vintage race car rolling chassis(s), bodies, and numerous other parts cars and cars for restoration..as well as a 4000 sq ft building full of Vintage parts.

 This car is offered as shown… and it appears complete, with good glass, and dash.

All of the alloy trim is in good, except for a couple of rear window pieces will need straightening.

Notice that the beltline has been finished, to better enhance the lines of the car,

and the car has the desirable and hard to find Euro bumpers.

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We can help with arrangements to have the car shipped quickly.

Call Dave at (256) xxx xxxx, 8am – 9pm Central Time, 

California-Made 70s Oddball: The Aerocon Boa

This is one of several fiberglass-bodied, kit-type cars sold without engine or trans and designed to accept Porsche or VW goodies. This one’s special, though, as the fiberglass body sits on an aluminum monocoque. That is only now becoming more common, thanks to Jaguar, Audi and a few others; but it was seriously exotic stuff at the time, which probably explains the high price – equivalent to $70k in today’s dollars.

The seller indicates that this example is powered by Porsche 914 bits and is “as-is” and waiting for restoration. It’s not clear whether it runs or drives, but it certainly looks complete in the images and dealing with the 914 engine and/or transaxle will be the easy part.

We hope this oddball finds a loving home in which it will be revived as a runner for occasional drives and lots of smiles.  At somewhere around 2,000 pounds, the flat four should work nicely.  Hopefully, the handling is good, too.

Note that the seller put TONS of period brochure and press info in the ad – cool stuff!

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Tampa, FL, USA
$6,350 with 3 bids, reserve not met and six days to go

The profile is simultaneously unique and familiar, with bits of Dino and Porsche visible to these eyes.

With the deeply recessed headlights, the front is unique,though some might say the Nissan Z31 got got some ideas from this one.

This angle exaggerates the already-long hood.

As does this one.  Note the t-tops!

Rear shows flying buttress design – not uncommon for mid-engine cars.

Before we go inside, take a look at the riveted aluminum door structure!

Interior is in great shape and has tasty, classic looks.

We feel a definite Lotus vibe in here.

Frunk is pretty tiny, so don’t bring too much stuff.

Rear luggage compartment (aft of engine and on top of transaxle) offers a little more room.

Here’s that trans.

Note more rivets.

Yep,T-Tops are included.

Ad text:

1977 Aerocon Boa “Porsche”  Special

Aluminum Monocoque  Chassis; Porsche Mid-Rear Engine; Aerospace Design

“The Fusion of Automotive  Design and Aerospace Technology.”  That’s how Dave Saunders, creator of the  Boa sports car and President of the Aerocon Corporation (an aerospace engineering firm  based in Ventura, California) put it in the Aerocon Boa  brochure. In  an April, 1978 Road & Track article, author John Lamm shared the following:

“Considering Saunders’  aircraft background, you wouldn’t expect something too conventional for the  Boa’s chassis and it isn’t – unless you consider ‘conventional’ the Formula 1  automobile.  That’s right, Saunders uses an aluminum monocoque chassis.”

The Boa was designed for either  a Porsche 914 or Volkswagen engine – the choice was up to the buyer.   This is a rear mid-engine sports car with a wheelbase of 101 inches.  Total weight  is 1800 lbs, and in stock form, the Boa is approximately 15% (250  lbs) lighter than a Porsche 914.  With appropriate engine tuning combined  with the sophisticated chassis, the Boa would trounce a Porsche 914.

The price in 1977  for an Aerocon Boa was $18,000 – that’s approximately $70,000 in 2017 dollars. While projections of 200 being built the  first year, just 15 cars were built before  production ceased in late 1978. The serial number of this car is “BOA-77-1013”  and may indicate this was the “13th” of 15 produced.

For Auction Today

Our Aerocon Boa was found several years  ago in Los Angeles, California and eventually made its way to Tampa, Florida.   In storage for the last 5 years, the odometer shows just over 7000 miles which given  the condition of the car may be original.  This Boa uses a Porsche 914  engine, and the drivetrain has not been tested.  The Boa looks great for a  40 year old sports car. It is unrestored and being sold in “as-is” condition  inviting the new owner an exciting opportunity to finish this car to their taste  and standards.