Ever since owning a Nissan 350Z (Nissan Fairlady Z in Japan) I have been deeply interested in the Datsun/Nissan Fairlady lineup. I remember seeing a Datsun Fairlady 2000 Roadster in the flesh not too long ago here in Wichita; ideally I’d like to own a Datsun 240Z someday, there’s just something about a carburated inline 6.
“The name “Fair Lady” was given to the new sports car line by Mr. Katsuji Kawamata, President Of Nissan Motors Japan, after he attended the Broadway Musical “My Fair Lady” while visiting the US in 1958. He felt that the name would invoke an image of beauty for the car – because people would think of the beauty of the music and the leading lady in that Broadway Musical.”
Speedhunters posted this spotlight earlier today of this 2000 Roadster:
“Without the success of the Fairlady Roadster, it’s likely that many of our favorite Japanese sports cars would not exist. It’s a car that deserves lots of appreciation, and when you see one done like this it makes it that much easier.”
Unlike the Datsun 240/260/280Z’s you don’t see these roadsters around too often, seeing one in person was a special treat and so is this article.