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Datsun SPL 311 1600 (Fairlady)
By Miguel Caparros In the early to mid 60's Datsun was the one on the move in the US market while Toyota was still sleeping. Datsun was taking on the British car industry head on as it recuperated from WWII. Datsun was one of the companies that benefited from the leadership of W. Edwards Deming, Who was chosen by Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers (SCAP) was the title held by General Douglas MacArthur during the Occupation of Japan following World War II. I remember the first time I saw an SPL 311 and my reaction to it. The quality of build seemed much better than the MG, Triumph or Alfa Romeo, given the fact that much of the technology was under license from US and Great Britain. As great as the quality of the mechanical aspects were concerned, the quality of the interior vinyl and plastics left much to be desire. In spite of that they slowly chipped away at the established manufacturers with a product of superior mechanical quality and value for the money spent. The SPL 311 line finished in 1970 with the Datsun 2000, A car that had to be taken very seriously as a performance sports car. But it was the follow up that put the final nail in the coffin of the British dominance, the 240Z, Fairlady. Driving impression of the Datsun 1600 from 1968. First thing I noticed was the size of the car, it felt bigger than an MG Midget but smaller than the MGB. The controls and switch gear had a quality feel to it and the standard Am Fm radio was completely integrated into the dash. Also well integrated was the heating and ventilation levers and switches and they had a light feel as opposed to some of the British cars that felt as if you were trying to move a rail road track change lever with a tooth pick. One stab of the gas pedal and a light pull of the choke and the car started right up and the choke was not needed after a few seconds and the engine settled to a smooth idle. The clutch was unusually light as was the shift the lever. As I took off I could immediately sense that although the steering was light it did not have the precision of the British rack and pinion and the ride motion was both soft and choppy at the same time. Getting on the power made me smile as the little 1600 had power equal to if not better than the 1800 in the MGB. But it was the great feel of the gearbox that got my attention. Both precise in movement and light in feel. Taking it through my favorite set of twisties in Coral Gables It felt good but not as well planted as an MGB or my own Alfa. But there was no question in my mind that Datsun had a winner here, specially when you take into consideration the price.





Datsun Roadster SR20DET - Cruise - AWESOME!!!
While I was at the SOCALROC BBQ (2012), Bart, the owner of this beautiful Datsun Roadster with a SR20DET engine swap in it, took me for a ride and it was great!!!





supercharged datsun roadster
Ken "DATSTER"'s Supercharged KA24DE - hear it whine...





1965 Datsun Roadster SPL310 Fairlady U20 Dual Mikuni GoPro Hero2
1965 Datsun Roadster "Fairlady" SPL310 with U20 motor, 5 speed, front disc brakes, competition sway bar, springs and leafs. Shot with GoPro Hero2 1080hd 60fps mounted on 2" roll bar. Shot with GoPro Hero2





Datsun Roadster show, Solvang, CA 4/29/2011
Solvang 2011 Datsun Roadster Show!





2014 Solvang Datsun Roadster Classic
This is a slideshow of the cars at the 2014 Datsun Roadster Classic in Solvang Ca.





Laguna Seca Datsun Roadsters 2/3/13
Datsun Roadsters at Laguna Seca 2/3/13 Blue car is a 1967 2000 SRL # 248 with stock U20+Competition Package Black car is a 1967.5 1600 SPL with an SR20 drivetrain





Kaiju - RoadsterWerx LS1 Powered Datsun Roadster Project
Its been quite a while since we posted anything of this magnitude about the LS1 roadster build. This video chronicles some of the major milestones since December 2012. This is a 1969 Datsun 311 with 2002 LS1/T56 and RX7 FD IRS on infinity wheels.





1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster for Sale in Sonoma CA
Visit http://www.leftcoastclassics.com/LCCofferings.html to see this 1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster for sale from Left Coast Classics. This is a great project car that can be enjoyed while you fix 'er up. $1800 just spent on repairs, brakes serviced along with rebuilt master. New clutch cylinder and slave, new plugs and battery. Recent fuel system servicing. Ignition was also rebuilt. Still has much work left for next enthusiast owner. Car smokes a bit at start but runs with plenty of oil pressure and shifts through all five gears with ease. Braking is good and suspension feels good. Needs top, paint and interior. Solid floors, clean trunk with spare. Good project for the Datsun enthusiast, can be driven and enjoyed while a work in progress. Clear, Washington state title in hand. Local trades considered. Direct your inquiries to Donn Dabney 707-332-8331. Thanks for watching - please leave a nice big thumbs up and a Like!





Datsun 2000 Sports SR-311 1969 Roadster #1





Jay Leno at Nissan DNA Heritage Garage
Comedian Jay Leno visits the Nissan Heritage Garage, taking a spin in the legendary Fairlady 240Z.





Datsun Roadster Dyno SR20
S14 SR20DE 67.5 Datsun Roadster 157hp/136tq at the wheels





Datsun 1600 Roadster on CarCast with Adam Carolla and Sandy Ganz
Datsun 1600 Roadster on CarCast with Adam Carolla and Sandy Ganz





1967 Datsun Fairlady 2000
1967 Datsun Fairlady 1600 converted to 2000. Out for a Sunday drive in the Fall of the year.





TIST 輝峰祭2011 昭和のクルマ大集合SR311
TIST 輝峰祭2011 昭和のクルマ大集合SR311





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