The Datsun 1500/1600/2000 Roadster, also known as the Datsun Fairlady in certain markets, is a sports car produced by Datsun in Japan from 1961 to 1970. It made its debut at the Tokyo Motor show in 1961, several months before the roll-out of the MGB.
Datsun 1500, 1600, 2000 Roadster Wikipedia
The 1500 Roadster was powered by a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder OHV engine with a single carburetor producing 77 hp (57 kW). The 1500 was a 3-seat convertible with front buckets, and a transverse back seat. The 1964 production added a second SU carburetor and power increased to 85 horsepower (63 kW). The final revision of the 1500 model occurred in 1965 with a completely redesigned interior. This eliminated the back seat and introduced a more sporty dash layout.
In 1966 engine displacement was boosted to 1.6 liters and power output to 96 hp (72 kW). This new model was given the new designation SP(L) 311. The 1600 Roadster was produced until the end of production in April 1970.
The 2000 Roadster SR(L) 311 was introduced as a half-year model in 1967. Powered by the U-20 single overhead cam engine, in stock configuration of twin SU carburetors it produced 135 hp (101 kW). An optional version with twin Mikuni Solex carburetors produced 150 hp (112 kW). The optional version was only available as a factory installed setup in the US during the 1967 model year. The 2000 was also produced until 1970 when the Roadster was superseded by the 240Z.
The roadsters, especially the 1600 and 2000, became regular winners on the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) circuit, winning 10 national SCCA championships. For the full story of Nissan's involvement, the race teams, drivers and cars, visit the Datsun Roadster SCCA pages.