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[Datsun 1200 encyclopedia]


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Category: Body

<-- back to Body Styles

   B110  4-door sedan
   B110R (2-door sedan)
  KB110  (2-door coupe fastback)
  VB110  (van/wagon)
   B120  (truck/pickup aka ute or bakkie)

The 1200 Coupe is the one with fastback styling.

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Datsun 1200 coupe is implemented as a fastback body. It is not a hatchback, but has a small trunk (boot) lid, which opens directly into the passenger compartment.

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Aggressive fastback styling, Italian influenced interior.
1200 Sports Coupe
  The 1200 Sports Coupe sneaks through city traffic, then streaks along the highway — all at up to 30 miles per gallon.
  Engineering basics include a high-cam engine and 4-speed stick shift. There's a fold-down back seat for storage. Safety front disc brakes, reclining front buckets, whitewall and deluxe wheel covers round out the package.

from: A Gallery of Datsun Originals brochure

Coupe was never available in STD trim, so it has the upper scale fitments such as round gauges.

Fastback has a small trunk (it is not a hatchback/liftback)
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Coupes take especially well to custom touches
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In USA, coupe outsold 2-dr Sedan by more than two to one

  • 2-dr Coupe: 89,541
  • 2-dr Sedan: 43,761

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So what's the difference between a 2-dr 'sedan' and a 2-dr 'coupe'?'

2-doors Explained

2-dr Coupe | 2-dr Sedan
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Material Differences
Coupe is same as all other 1200s from the cowl forward — the same hood, fender and bumpers are used by the Coupe, sedan, wagon and early 1200 trucks. The grille is unique to the coupe, although it fits on a sedan so the grille is only a cosmetic difference.

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Aft of the firewall, all is different:

  • Windshield is lower
  • Doors are longer (matching the 2-door sedan), and folding seats are standard
  • Rear Seat folds down in order to lengthen cargo area
  • Fuel tank is under the trunk (sedan tank is behind seat)
  • Rear shocks are staggered for superior control (same as truck/van)
  • Taillights are long rectangle, somehow looking more timeless than the sedan versions
  • Rear bumper is unique (number plate fits under bumper)

In USA, coupes invariably came with GL-type hubcaps, though DX-type were optional.
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See also: Brochures
See also: Japan Brochures
See also: USA brochures

A few sneak peeks:

2-page pamphlet

Australia Datsun 1200 range brochure

Compared to Sedan

Aside from the fastback body style, the Coupe is different from the 2-door Sedan in many subtle ways, including these:

  • Shocks mounted at angle
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  • Sporty plastic Grille instead of formal stainless grille
  • Folding rear seat
  • Blackout side window trim
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  • B-pillar trim (Sedan has no trim)
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    Trim was painted black on all coupe along with black door window frames.
  • Coupes were not available in STD trim. Therefore, all coupes came with round gauge dash. STD sedans came with rectangular gauge dash
  • Coupe Seats: sporty. Sedan seats: plush
  • Doors have lower height in a coupe, windshield angle different. Uses a different windshield
  • Coupes came with GL Hubcaps, 2-dr sedans DX caps
  • Unique taillights
  • Rear license plate is below bumper, necessitating a unique bumper
  • Full interior Door Cards
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POST kiwi orange 1971 Coupe
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Sporty Grille
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Racy Rear
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Sporting cockpit
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Coupe has unique fresh-air ventilation grilles
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Rear View

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Rear 3/4 View

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