5k: Larry Shinoda’s Parts Hauler: 1969 Datsun Pickup W/ Boss 302 V8

Larry Shinoda (1930-1997) was the Los Angeles born son of Japanese immigrants, who, after spending some of his youth at the Manzanar War Relocation Camp (…not the best of times), brought into the world iconic designs such as the 1963 Corvette, Z/28 Camaro and Corvair Monza GT.  He left GM around 1968 and is best known for his work on the ’69 Boss 302 Mustang, a performance and cosmetic package that brought TransAm racing style and performance to the streets.  If Mr Shinoda ever drove a pickup truck, we expect it would look a bit like today’s feature.  Find this 1969 Datsun 530 series Pickup with Ford Mustang Boss 302 V8 for sale in Tacoma, WA for $7,500 buy-it-now on eBay.  Tip from Oddimotive who mentioned it in the comments to the Maverick Boss 302.

What at first glance looks like a “customized” pickup, turns out to be a seriously beastly little hot rod.  The Bossun is powered by a Mustang Boss 302 (5.0 liter) V8 connected to a 5 speed manual transmission and hooked up with all sorts of other goodies.  The seller claims to have driven it to 12.4 seconds @ 117 mph in the 1/4 mile, which is about 1/2 the ET and twice the speed of a stock Datsun 1300 pickup.

See a better use of a classic and rare V8?  email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com