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Published on October 10th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Datsun Fairlady roadster needs a new home

This could be the classic car you have been waiting for.

Here is another ‘almost’ barn find. Owned for the last 30 years by a good friend, he has sadly neglected this classic roadster for some 10 years. The good news is that the car was stored well in a dry garage and surprisingly when we took these pictures, just one click of the ignition and it fired up.

Datsun Fairlady_red
Datsun Fairlady_rear
Datsun Fairlady_side
Datsun Fairlady_dashboard

Ignite the passion

Not the smoothest of 4-cylinders, but this Datsun engine works, the electrics all work, the 4-speed gear shifts smoothly enough and this car can be driven. It needs to be road taxed and insured and it is ready to go.  

From our analysis, a full body restoration is needed as the paint is completely weathered and the interior needs some touch up to be liveable or a complete re-trim if you want that concourse look and feel. 

The owner has sadly lost interest in this classic Japanese roadster and with only 4-5 surviving units in Malaysia (to our knowledge) he is looking at selling this rare Japanese roadster.

Datsun Fairlady_interior
Datsun Fairlady_instruments

Who will lead you down the right path

Contact us at and we will share more details and arrange a viewing. Meanwhile, here below is some history on this rare drop top Japanese Datsun in case you are seeing this for the very first time.

Datsun’s first serious attempt at building a sports car was the original Fairlady, introduced in 1500 form in 1963, the attractive Italian like styling coupled with some distinctly Japanese touches.

History shared

Designated internally as SPL-310, it is estimated that fewer than 2,000 Datsun 1500s were sold in America, making them significantly rarer than the cars that followed. The 1500 featured a unique single rear seat that faced sideways, drum brakes, a low-profile removable windshield, a simple, flat dashboard with toggle switches, and a 1.5-liter overhead-valve inline-four paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. Early single-carburetor versions produced a decent 77hp, but most 1500 versions were equipped with dual carbs, boosting the engine to a quick 85hp.

Who else

BHP petrol

Sold in both right and left-hand drive form, this early Fairlady was a roadster very much in competition with the European rivals like MG, Triumph, Sunbeam and maybe even BMW and well equipped by the standards of the day, with a clock, radio and tonneau all provided as standard.

If you are looking for a roadster that you can drive everyday and will appreciate in value over the years, contact us and we will point you to the owner. 

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