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What was the first sports car to be born in Japan? Whether or not the car actually handled like a sports car, it is generally accepted that it was the "Datsun Sport DC-3", a British-style open car that debuted in 1952. Later, Datsun introduced the "Datsun Sport 1000", a four-seater open car. We used this car as a authentic stepping stone for our entry into the American market.
The Fairlady appeared in 1960. The model name is Fairlady 1200 of "SPL212 (later changed to SPL213 with minor changes)". It was a left-hand drive only model, which means that it was sold exclusively for the North American market (the L in the model name indicates that it was a left-hand drive car).
As the performance of popular cars began to evolve rapidly, sports cars were required to run at higher speeds. Datsun debuted a new model "Datsun 1500 (SPL310)" at the Tokyo Motor Show in the fall of 1961. As you can guess from the model name, it is a sports car based on type 310 Bluebird and Silvia. In 1962, it finally launched the "Fairlady 1500 (SP310)" for the domestic market. It was also very active in the race and quickly became a favorite figure of young people.
In 1965, the engine was upgraded to a "Fairlady 1600 (SP311)" with higher engine displacement and power. Furthermore, in 1967, a top-grade "Fairlady 2000 (SR311)" was added, which was the first domestically produced car to achieve a maximum speed exceeding 200 km/h. The performance of the 145 ps engine was outstanding among Japanese cars of the time.
The SP310, SP311 and SR311 became very popular not only in Japan but also in the United States for their neat styling and ease of tune-up, and played an active role in various motor sports scenes until the end of their production in 1970.
The successor to the Fairlady 2000 was the world's beloved "Fairlady Z (S30)" sports car.
|Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!|
This car is a classic roadster that's perfect for you to ride and enjoy. The Fairlady 2000 is a standard model of an old domestic car which the manias call SR311 or SR by model name. This is a recommended item for beginners who want to start a classic car life from now on.
The reason for this is that the engine system is in excellent condition, with the U20 engine at the top of the list, and as long as you can control the MT, you should be able to drive without any problems. Also, the number of units produced is large, and there are many maintenance shops all over Japan, so you won't have to worry about repairs.
Above all, it was a sports car which boasted the best performance in Japan at that time. It's fun enough to ride now. Speaking of a Japanese car that combines American taste driving with a lightweight British sports car, you can imagine the good balance.
What's more, this car was only produced for 7 months in 1967, the year of SR311's debut, and is a "low-window model" worthy of mania. The front screen is low, so the styling looks great in the open. Even with a hard roof installed like this car, the car body looks low, so the well-balanced style is not compromised. Unfortunately, in the High Window SR311 from 1968, closing the top makes it look like you're wearing a big hat.
The only major modification is the overfender on the rear, which matches so well that you need to be told. The front is original, but it may be because it is like an over fender. In addition, there are some non-original parts such as aluminum wheels and steering wheels, but they are all tuning focusing on driving.
This is the best car to ride and enjoy.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Yoshitada Moro
Published on March 2020
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