okayfine wrote:broke wrote:Why it has such a ridiculously low number ona 72 I don't know, the paperwork says that it's had that VIN since 1972 as well, so it can't be a plate-swap deal. Very strange.
Could be a VIN swap, but Nissan didn't coordinate VINumbering outside of the Japanese factory very well, if at all. 510s were built across the globe, in full factories or from completely-knocked-down kits. Maybe the Aus. market used CKD early on, then changed over to a factory?
Definitely not a VIN swap unless it was done by Nissan before the car was first registered in NZ, which would be highly unusual. The way our system in New Zealand (this may surprise you, but it's actually a completely separate country from Australia - true story) works it's simply not possible. It has had the same 1972 licence plates and body ID tag since it was first registered.
okayfine wrote:Maybe the Aus. market used CKD early on, then changed over to a factory?
Maybe they did, maybe someone from AUSTRALIA could tell us? I can tell you that NEW ZEALAND model Datsun 1600 base spec and Deluxe models were all assembled in Thames, NEW ZEALAND. SSS models were all Japanese assembled. The "187" is a base model car, so while it may not be the same car that originally wore the licence plates and chassis tag that relate to it, the original car was definitely a 70's one.