|| Datsun sports cars, in certain markets, were known as
Fairlady. These were a series of roadsters produced in the 1960's and
a predecessor to the Z car. The series designation for the Fairlady's
included S212, S213, SP310, SP311, and SRL311.
In 1959 Datsun introduced a sports car, the S211, powered by 988 cc engine
capable of producing just under 40 horsepower. Production was low with
only 20 examples being produced. The following year the S212 was put
into production outfitted with a slightly larger engine at 1.2 liter
and producing nearly 50 horsepower. The S212 was the first vehicle to
be adorned with the Fairlady name.
n 1961 performance was slightly increased with the adoption of a dual-carburetor,
brining horsepower up to 60. Not bad for a small car. During its production
lifespan lasting only two years, 217 examples were created.
The Datsun 1500 Roadster, the SP310, was introduced to the public at
|Tokyo Motor Show. It was
powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing
77 horsepower. In 1964 a second SU carburetor was added and the horsepower
increased to 85. A final revision of the 1500 was introduced in 1965,
complete with a new interior. The dash layout was redesigned and
the back seat was removed.
In 1966 a 96 horsepower engine was introduced and continued in production
until mid-1970. This 1.6-liter power-plant meant the name of the
1500 Roadster was changed to the 1600, SP311, to reflect the new
engine displacement size.
A 135 horsepower 2 liter engine, complete with dual SU carburetors,
was introduced in 1967. Vehicles outfitted with this power-plant
were referred to as the 2000 roadster, or SRL311. The Datsun 2000
was built for racing with hopes of creating a sporty image for Datsun.
It was raced in SCCA in the D-Production class where it had very
consistent strong finishes. Paul Newman was one of the more famous
of the drivers to pilot the car. Production of the 2000 roadster
ceased in 1970 when Datsun introduced the famous 240-Z car.