Friday, April 27, 2018
KEPT IN THE FAMILY… Local resident, Nathan Carroll with his 1976 Datsun 120Y, which used to belong to his grandmother. Photos: Alicia Niglia.

Daphne the Datsun

David Lee February 8, 2017

THERE are a few good stories surrounding local resident, Nathan Carroll’s 1976 Datsun 120Y, but what makes it even more special is the fact it used to belong to his grandmother.

Being one of the first automatic cars to come into Australia, this particular Datsun started its life owned by Nathan’s grandmother, who bought it new in 1976. As her drive around car in Leighton, the Datsun only went as far away from home as Griffith, until it took its first ‘big’ trip when it was passed on to Nathan in 2001.

Nathan said, “When I got it, it had only done 41,000kms. I’m pretty sure that while we were driving it back to Shepparton was the first time it had gone 100km/h.

“A car like this is hard to let go of. Not only does it appreciate in value now, but it holds a special place in our family, especially after losing my grandmother a few years ago.

“She is affectionately known as Daphne. We just thought she looked like a Daphne.

“A car that is this old generally has wear and tear and even though this car was looked after well, it still had its ageing issues. Being a teacher at Notre Dame College, I recently had the opportunity to involve four or five VCAL students in a fix-up project. We worked on Daphne completing some panel beating and removing any imperfections; we did a little mechanical work and relined the interior. Bruce Harris from Numurkah gave us a hand with re-spraying it. The kids did a great job. But the beauty about a car like this is that if something goes wrong, it doesn’t take much to fix it.

“She definitely feels like a part of the family.”