Planned Obsolescence II: Photographing a Datsun 1600 (or 2000?)

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Before Nissan cars bore their maker’s name they were called “Datsun.” Datsun’s original production run began in 1931 and from 1958 to 1986, only vehicles that were exported by Nissan were identified as Datsuns. By 1986, Nissan had phased out the Datsun name but re-launched it in June 2013 as a brand for low-cost vehicles that were being manufactured for emerging markets. Nissan would again phase out the Datsun brand for the second time this year. The Datsun name, it seems, could not catch a break.

The Datsun 1500/1600/2000 Roadster aka Datsun Fairlady in certain markets was a sports car that was produced from 1961 to 1970. It made its debut at the Tokyo Motor show in 1961, several months before the MGB, which it kinda, sorta resembles but in so many ways is much superior. The 1600 ended production in April 1970. The 2000 was produced until 1970 when both Roadster models were replaced by the soon-to-be legendary 240Z.

How I made this shot: When I was testing the Canon EOS 1D Mark III for Shutterbug I tried to find a Mark III Spitfire to photograph but had to settle for this rusty Datsun that I photographed in an foreign car automobile recycling center near Erie, Colorado. This particular Datsun 1600/2000 has seen better days; can anyone tell me if they can identify whether it was a 1600 or 2000 roadster?  It was photographed using a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and 16-35mm f/2.8 L zoom lens. Exposure in Program mode was 1/400 at f/10 and ISO 200.

The original color image was converted to monochrome with Silver Efex Pro, then toned Platinum before applying the Glamour Glow filter from Color Efex Pro.


What happened to Mirrorless Month? While I own and have access to many mirrorless cameras—like the full-frame Panasonic S1R— my ability to do some new photography of cars in recent days has jsut not just limited but has been impossible because of the Covid virus’s impact on car shows. That is expected to change soon. I recently received communications from the Good Guys that they “are actively preparing to move forward with all of our currently scheduled July events.” RE: Des Moines, IA and Columbus, OH Good Guys shows. The Good Guys events team is working with venue management at both sites to work towards hosting successful events at both locations. They day that any changes, cancellations or updates with these events will be made no later than June 17, 2020