Damsel in Distress: 1964 Datsun SPL310 Fairlady

1960’s Datsun Sports Roadsters have always caught my attention.  In the day, you could pick between numerous roadster offerings from the likes of MG, Triumph, Fiat, & Alfa Romeo, to name a few, but the Datsun was special.  Maybe it’s because Datsuns were somewhat elusive and that gave it an air of mystery.  Regardless, the thought of touring in one through tree-lined roads in full fall foliage is tempting.  Find this 1964 Datsun SPL310 Fairlady for sale in Phoenix, AZ for $2,900 OBO via craigslist.

Certainly a project, this example looks to be in solid condition metal wise and has benefited from living life in Arizona.  While rust may be minimal, the sun has other was of deteriorating cars left to the desert elements. No interior shots are provided but my guess is a complete refresh would be required.  The intact hardtop is a nice extra.

Early Roadsters were built on Datsun’s 223 truck platform.  The 1963 revamp is considered to be the first true sports car offering from Nissan as the Roadster was now based on on a modified Bluebird platform. This example would have left the factory equipped with a 85 HP dual carb inline 4 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.  Standard equipment included a transistor radio, tonneau cover, map lights, and a clock.  1963-64 models also had a sideways third seat in the rear.

Pictures in the ad are limited to exterior shots and the description leaves more questions than answers.  Even so, rescuing a car like this has a certain appeal to it.  The challenge of slowly bring such a lady back to former glory and allowing her to strut her stuff once again gets my gears turning.   

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When not receiving complaints of “distracted by cars…again” from his wife, Glenn can be found in the kitchen whipping up exotic cuisine and nourishing nosh.