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311s VINs by Year and Model

Have you ever wondered what year your car was really made in? Below is a list of VINs as they were put out by Datsun. Is your car really a 69 or could it be a 68? Back in the good old days some dealers sold last years model as a current year model. This usually occured with the high windshield later model roadsters. There were no laws against misleading consumers back then. My how things have changed! The differences between the '65 through 67 1600's were small and year break down is a bit harder to pinpoint.

  • 1962 1500---SPL310-?????-?????
  • 1963 1500---SPL310-00087-00400
  • 1964 1500---SPL310-00501-03816 +00001-00086
  • 1965 1500---SPL310-10000-11124
  • 1965/66/67 1600--SPL311-00001-11000**to engine No. R-40000
  • 1967.5 1600-SPL311-11001-17000**From engine No. R-40001--Sept. 1967
  • 1967 2000-SRL311-00001-01000**to Sept 1967
  • 1968 1600 --SPL311-17001-24000**Oct. 1967--Sept 1968
  • 1968 2000 --SRL311-01001-07000**Oct. 1967--Sept 1968
  • 1969 1600 --SPL311-24001-27000**Oct. 1968--June 1969
  • 1969 2000 --SRL311-07001-13000**Oct. 1968--June 1969
  • 1970 1600 --SPL311-27001-31350**July 1969--??? 1970
  • 1970 2000 --SRL311-13001-14450**July 1969--??? 1970

Vin numbers are located in two places-one on the cowl passenger side of the engine bay. The other is on the frame front left as depicted in the picture below.

And there you have it.