1969 Datsun 1600
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THIS 1969 DATSUN SPL 311 SPORTS IS LOCATED IN: MAGNA, UT 84044 The Datsun Sports (called Datsun Fairlady in the Japanese and Australian markets), was a series of roadsters produced by Nissan in the 1960s. The series was a predecessor to the Z-car in the Fairlady line, and offered a competitor to the European MG, Triumph, Fiat and Alfa Romeo sports cars. Beginning with the 1959 S211, the line was built in two generations: the first generation was largely handbuilt in small numbers, while the second generation (310 series) was series produced. The second generation first appeared in 1961 and continued through 1970 with the SP311 and SR311 lines. In Japan, it represented one of three core products offered by Nissan at Japanese Nissan dealerships called Nissan Shop, alongside the Datsun Truck and the Datsun 1000. The Datsun 2000 was the two-seat roadster that made their name. Paul Newman started his racing career in one. It had a potent 1,982 cc overhead cam engine with dual SU type side draft carbs and a five-speed transmission. SP311/SPL311 Many changes were made in 1965. Though the 1.5 L SP310 continued in production through January, a new 1.6 L R16-powered SP311 and SPL311 (left-hand drive) replaced it. The new model was first shown at the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show, but did not enter production until March 1965. The restyling was executed in part by Count Albrecht Goertz, who would later be involved with designing the first Fairlady Z. Marketed as the Fairlady 1600, or the Datsun Sports 1600 in many export markets including North America, it featured 14 inch wheels and minor exterior changes. The SPL311 was also known as the Roadster on the West Coast of the United States. The front suspension was independent, utilizing coil springs over hydraulic shocks. Rear suspension was a common leaf springs design, dampened with hydraulic shocks. The 1600 SPL311 came with a pair of SU carburettors. The engine produced 96 PS (71 kW; 95 hp). The R16 is an in-line four cylinder OHV engine. Early SPL311 came with a high compression engine that had three main bearings, hydraulic lifters, a cast iron block and cast iron head. Timing of the distributor could be easily adjusted to reduce pre-ignition knock and thereby tune for questionable quality gasoline. Engines in later SPL311 had 5 main bearings and this addressed a design weakness. Top speed for the SPL311 with approximately 91 octane gasoline was approximately 105 mph. The axle gearing suffered from design limitations and Datsun performance parts offered a cooling system as a retrofit. Steering utilized a worm gear design. The hood badge said Datsun in individual letters, the rear badge said Datsun 1600, and the side badges said Fairlady (Japanese market) or Datsun 1600 (export market). The SP311 continued in production alongside the later 2000 model through April 1970. The first Nissan Silvia coupe shared the SP311s platform. The CSP311 Silvia had an R16 engine developing 96 hp and used a modified Fairlady chassis. The Silvia was the first car fitted with Nissans new R engine. The R engine was a further development of the 1,488 cc G engine. Early in 1968 the 1600, just as the bigger 2000, was updated to meet new safety legislation. Toggle switches, a padded dashboard and padded center of the steering wheel were new inside. The door handles were changed to flush fit lifting units, while the windshield was taller with a top mounted internal rear view mirror. CLEAN TITLE ODOMETER SHOWS 64,442 MILES GM 2.5 4 CYL. ENGINE TURBO 250 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NEW WHEELS AND TIRES WELL MAINTAINED, GARAGE KEPT COMES WITH ALL THE RECEIPTS FROM THE PROFESSIONAL WORK DONE RUNS AND DRIVES

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    SPL3112XXXX
  • Classic Car ID
    101714893
  • Stock Number
    2875
  • Category
    Import Classics
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    64,442 miles
  • Engine
    4 CYL
  • Doors
    Roadster
  • Transmission
    Automatic

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