The Datsun Sport 1600, which was known as Fairlady in Japan, was introduced in 1965 as a replacement for the similar Datsun Sport 1500. The car was designed to compete with British sports cars of the time, such as the MG Midget, MGB and Triumphs. The four cylinder 1600cc in-line engine generates 95 horse power and is mated to a four-speed synchromesh manual gearbox, which together makes it pack a punch for a car that’s almost 50 years old. Over 26,000 of these roadsters were imported into the States, significantly more than the 1500 it replaced and more than the 2000 that replace it.
This 1968 Datsun Sport 1600 arrived at my door in November 2013, from the former owner who lost interest in her. This is a facelift model, which benefited from several new safety features and a taller integrated windscreen. Maude, as she is known, has had a restoration some time ago but is now in need of some work. I have already sorted out the problems with the Hitachi built SU style carburettors and now she really tears it up! She’s also had new tyres and a replacement roof.