The Datsun 1600 was an impressive Japanese sports car in the 1960s,
but for some, it wasn't enough. Starting in 1967, Datsun engineers
stroked the 1600's engine to 2.0 liters and added a
better-breathing, more efficient single-overhead-cam cylinder head.
Designated SRL-311, the Datsun 2000 leapt ahead of most European
rivals with a high-revving 135 horsepower engine, a modern
five-speed transmission - a first for a Japanese sports car - and a
price that undercut the 104-horsepower, four-speed Triumph TR4. Not
only is Datsun's Roadster the first sports car from Japan to be
taken seriously, its extensive racing success guarantees it a place
in motorsports history. Robustly built yet simple to work on, the
car is rare compared with period MGs or Triumphs, with potentially
better appreciation over time. Aftermarket support is strong for
the Datsun, with several U.S.-based specialists carrying most
mechanical, electrical, brake, and suspension parts at reasonable
prices. One of the most successful production-based race cars, the
2000 Roadster won 10 SCCA national championships between 1967 and
1987, a long time for a car to remain competitive.This 1970 Datsun
2000 has been lovingly cared for by its current owner since 2019.
The 2000cc inline 4 runs smooth and strong, providing more than
enough power for this little two seater. Slide behind the wheel and
there's plenty of room inside for average-size drivers. On the
road, the engine and transmission are a real pleasure, pulling
strongly through the precise-shifting gearbox with light but
positive clutch action. The unassisted brakes are effective and
1970 Datsun Fairlady
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