In May 1986, Nissan launched the coupe version, known as the GTS. In August 1987, after a minor change, the GTS-R appeared. Nissan Skyline 2000GTS-R was sold as a limited edition with just 800 cars built. These cars were needed for the homologation for Group A Touring Car racing.
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.
The DAT corporation in Japan had sold full size cars to Japanese consumers under the DAT name since 1914. In 1931 the company developed a new passenger car (500cc, 10 hp), which was more compact than the original DAT, so it was called DATSON – in the sense of Son of DAT. However in Japanese the word son means for loss, so later it was changed to sun.