1969 Datsun 2000
SERIAL NUMBER SRL311-12765
- Ex-Factory prepared
- 1970 CSCC National F Production Champion.
- Sister car to Jack Scoville's 1969 SCCA
National D Production Champion.
- Quick, nimble, at over 200
h.p., the factory lightweights are not
your average roadster!
This car has to be one of the rarest
factory Datsuns built. It was developed at the factory as a lightweight racecar.
All the body panels are pressed from lighter gauge steel, one layer of cladding
was left off the chassis and it was fitted with the ultra-close trans and 4.73
limited slip diff. Dual Mikunis boosted the output of the engine. Built
in 1969, this car is one of only 10 factory prepared 2000's made, and
likely the most original still in existence.
Known as the purple panel (appropriate right?) cars (due to the fact that
lightweight sheet metal was colored purple so the panels could be
identified when they came off the press) they looked road ready as they left the
factory. However, they were never registered, and were sent to
special customers to allow them to strip the road equipment and set them up to
race against the British cars that dominated their class in both SCCA and
Canadian sports car racing.
The light weight allowed the car to be ballasted back to
minimum weight. Ballast could then be placed in the most desirable
position for weight distribution and cornering. The car is difficult to
document through the factory, due to the fact that admitting that these cars
were produced would lead to admitting that the Japanese factory was
cheating; by producing non-standard cars for the purpose of gaining an
unfair advantage. Of course many other manufacturers have done this
throughout history. However, the purple panel cars are very well
known. See this web site on the BRE cars: click
is one of three cars sent to Canada for the pseudo-factory Shell 4000
Trans-Canada rally effort. Unfortunately, the 1969 event was not run, as
the organizers could not obtain the necessary approvals to run a high-speed
event on public roads. Our car was then delivered into the hands of
Northwest Racing Enterprises, a Canadian racing team. Driver Peter
Mitchell, a Vancouver, B.C. Datsun dealer, won the Canadian Sports Car
Club's D Production championship in 1971 with the car. After
that, Mitchell moved on to the new 240Z, and the car was sold to Bill Macham of
Burnaby who campaigned it for awhile.
sat idle for a period,
before being purchased by restored in Vancouver, B.C. by Alan Murtagh in the
late eighties. Alan brought the car into the U.S. in the early 90's, when
he moved his business (Panel Beaters) to Eugene, Oregon. The 2000 was
purchased from Alan and actively campaigned by Don Chapman's Purple Lips
Racing Team at both SOVREN and SCCA Vintage racing events on the West Coast
through the late 90's. It was last raced in 1998.
car was purchased in 2003 by Bob Macherione, owner of the Sports Car Shop in Eugene,
Oregon, where the car was maintained when raced under the Purple Lips Racing
banner. Bob sold the car to its new owner that lives in Washington
state, and it should once again be seen on the track in 2004.
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