1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we've got our second Datsun roadster of the series.

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311


When I first caught sight of this thing from a block or so away, I thought I'd found a Triumph. Hooray! I wasn't disappointed when I saw it came from an island nation other than the UK, because we've only seen one of these before in this series. I can't figure out the exact year on this machine, but the side marker lights make it a '68, '69, or '70. Note: It appears that the non-teardrop-shape side marker lights indicate that this is a 1970 model year car.

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311


There's always the name problem with these cars; Nissan marketed this car as the Datsun Sports 1600 in North America, but I've yet to hear anyone use that name. In Japan, it was sold as the Fairlady, the official company designation was SPL311, and most Americans call it the Datsun Roadster. When you see Keith Maney's GM V6-powered Datsun at LeMons South, you'll call it madness!

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311


Look, it's the DOTS 1975 Celica, with the Evil Primer Chevelle parked right in front of it! The '71 510 lives nearby as well. Great neighborhood for old iron.

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311

1968 Datsun Sports 1600 aka Fairlady aka SPL311


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