1965 Datsun Baby – 1 of 100

This is a two-seater coupe with four-wheel independent suspension (double wishbones upfront!). And cool looks, too. If you were a kid in 1965-1973 Japan, you could drive this fully functional car with a 200cc engine around Kodomo no Kuni amusement park in Yokohama, like 300,000 other kids have. Your speed was limited to 30kph, or 18 mph, which is pretty damn fast for any young hoon who has never driving anything bigger than Power Wheels.
The idea was to teach the young about traffic safety by letting them loose on a track in what is essentially a car! What a concept!

Nissan Restoration Club, a group of volunteer Nissan employees, has recently restored the last remaining Datsun Baby, which, as per japanesenostalgiccar.com, will be on display at the company Yokohama headquarters for the next month. Very cool.
Source: japanesenostalgiccar.com via zlmnik.pl.

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  1. CherokeeOwner Avatar

    Oh yes. Do Want. Do want so bad…

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    Perhaps some day the open roads of this world shall themselves be worthy of a Cony-Guppy-badged knockoff of the Goggomobil Dart.
    I continue to live in hope.

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    Are there even words to describe how cool this is? Just one gripe…the bumper stripe going around the car surprisingly turned out not to be enough? Better bumpercapability should be build into this design – as in any car. I know, I have scratched all of the painted bumpers I’ve owned.
    We were at a park last year that included cars. My boy got a very serious facial expression – and it was near impossible to remove him from his little EV. A Volvo, obviously.