Some History of this car: The Datsun Roadster was built from 1963
through 1970. In the Japanese home market, these vehicles were
called the Fairlady. Though the legend states the Datsun 1600
Roadster was built as a copy of the MGB, but in actuality the
Datsun model was launched several months prior to the MGB. Over the
11 year production lifespan of the Datsun, over 40,000 examples
were built by Nissan in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan. For 1964, the
Datsun 1600 Roadster were given several upgrades, many by Count
Albrecht Goertz, and the new SP311 and SPL311 models were launched
at the Tokyo Motor Show. The 1500cc engine was replaced with a more
powerful 1600cc engine and top speed rose to 106 mph. This Datsun
1600 SPL311 is finished in its original colors of Silver Grey
Metallic (code #666) with red vinyl bucket seats. In 2013, the car
was treated to a meticulous restoration, where the car was totally
disassembled, the body stripped and repainted, and then finished to
replicate the factory original presentation. The car has traveled
approximately 42,000 miles and only 1,000 since the completion of
the restoration. The car has won First in Class and Best in Show at
the Datsun Region Meet at Watkins Glen and the Antique Automobile
Club of America Senior Award at Hershey in 2013, after which it was
requested for display at the AACA Museum. The 1600cc 4-cylinder
engine is fitted with Dual Hitachi carburetors and produces 96
horsepower. There is a five-speed manual transmission, disc brakes
in the front, and drums in the rear.
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