The Datsun 1200 SSS that went around the world

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Not only are Datsun 1200 SSS models rare worldwide, but seeing one imported to Japan from New Zealand? Daniel, you’ve outdone yourself!

The 1200 SSS was a special edition of the Datsun 1200 (B110) that was given a bit more oomph from the factory. The four-door sedan featured twin side-draft Dell’Orto 40 mm carburetors alongside a tuned cam and extractors. Styling changes included bonnet blackouts, SSS emblems inside and out, 5-slot jellybean wheels, a three-spoke sports steering wheel, and an 8,000 rpm VDO tachometer.

Compared to the standard 1200’s 69 HP, the SSS put out a blazing 90 HP.

The car was sold through the 1974 model year, even though the 1200 factory stopped making cars in 1973. The exact production numbers on these cars are unknown but some estimate they made around 800 of the B110-based SSS models.

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The particular example that Dan found is absolutely minty, I mean the interior looks brand new. Perhaps it had a restoration? Who knows. Regardless, it’s amazing to see a rare car like this one in such pristine condition. The fact that this one made it around the world back to its “homeland” so to speak, is a fantastic story that perfectly fits a car as unique as this.

I’ve always been a fan of sporty, compact cars like this and I don’t think they receive the love they deserve. Everyone always praises the famous JDM cars like the Supra, RX7, and Skyline GTRs while these cars go unnoticed.

Yeah, the 1200 SSS won’t blaze around the track or pull epic drifts like a JZX100 but that’s not what they represent. They represent a slice of Japanese automotive history and a stepping stone for the manufacturers that we know today to make those famous JDM cars that everyone knows about. But hey, that means more for those of us who appreciate them, right?

Shoutout to Secret Factory JP for alerting us to this gem and of course a huge thank you from all of us car lovers for preserving this car and many others.


  1. Awesome first helping of WasabiCars written content. And what makes it even more special is its covering a Datsun! It complimented the clip extremely well by providing a little more information regarding the vehicle. Keep it up and can’t wait to read the next instalment of WasabiCars blog style!

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