Classic Race Cars

Datsun Fairlady 1500 SP310 race car

June 3, 2011

Datsun Fairlady 1500 race car 1962Fairlady 1500 sports car was based on the Datsun 310 chassis (first-generation Bluebird) and was equipped with the Cedric’s 4-cylinder engine. The race version of Fairlady 1500 entered the 1st Japan Grand Prix at Suzuka in 1963. In race version, the 1488cc engine produced 80 horsepower and 118 Newton metres of torque. The cars overall length was 3910mm, width 1495mm, height 1275mm and wheelbase 2280mm. The curb weight was 870kg.

In May 1963, the 1st Japan Grand Prix Race was held at the recently completed Suzuka Circuit. Fairlady 1500 was entered in the Sports Car Race B-II (1,301-2,500cc) driven by G. Tahara. In the qualification Tahara reach third best time. When the race started, Tahara managed to dash ahead and took the lead right from the start. He stayed in the lead all the way to the checkered flag. In this class the foreign cars had been considered to enjoy an absolute advantage, but the Fairlady 1500 had succeeded in shaking off the pursuing Triumph TR4, MGB, Fiat and other renowned sports cars. And with the best lap (3min. 14.4sec.) also to its credit, the Fairlady’s victory was complete.