Datsun Fairlady 1500 (SP310) roadster was launced in 1962. In Japan the car was known as Datsun Fairlady 1500, while in America it was called Datsun 1500. Datsun had unveiled its first roadster in 1959. However, the Datsun 1500 was the first Datsun roadster which had performance to match its sporty exterior. Therefore it can be considered the first Datsun sports car. Datsun 1500 was powered by a 1488cc engine. The first cars had a single carburettor engine which produced 77 horsepower. A twin carb engine was fitted in 1964-65 models, which offered 85 horsepower. Datsun 1500 had a four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on top 3 gears. With a strong chassis and stiff suspension settings, it offered sporty driving dynamics.
Fairlady 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.