1969 Datsun Fairlady 2000

Japan's First Mass-produced Sports Car

The second generation of the Datsun Fairlady, known as the Datsun Sports outside of Japan, was the first mass-produced Japanese sports car. The earlier SP310 model, was designed to compete with the European and American competition performance-wise and with its 71hp 1.5-litre engine from the Nissan Cedric it quickly proved to be successful in the racing scene. The car was continuously updated and in 1967 Datsun introduced the SR311 with the U20 engine, a 2-litre producing 150hp. It came with a 5-speed manual gearbox with a Porsche-type synchromesh, it was a surprising addition as 5-speed gearboxes were not yet common. This significant increase in power combined with its low weight of just 910kg meant that it had great performance. However, the ladder frame, conventional leaf suspension in the rear and overall chassis design was maintained, this rather unsophisticated setup led to a car that required a skillful driver to drive fast. While its predecessor raced successfully, SR311s dominated domestic racing.

Year/Make/Model: Fairlady 2000

Exterior Color: Red


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