The 1960 Datsun Fairlady SPL212 at first looks to be almost identical to the previous Datsun S211 sports car, but looks can be deceiving.
While it may look the same as it's predecessor, the SPL212 is a completely new car. The most striking change from the previous model is the fact that the new SPL212 has an all steel body, whereas the S211 was all fibreglass. The body of the S211 had actually been built by a seperate company, called Tonouchi Industrial, but for the SPL212 construction was to be done by a company called Nissan Shatai Co. Ltd., who were a company partially owned by the Nissan Motor Company. Nissan Shatai was actually the company that built the majority of Nissan's truck and bus models, which probably goes some way towards explaining why the SPL212 was based on the chassis and mechanicals of the Datsun 223 truck.
The S211 was based on the 211 sedan, and shared it's reverse Elliot I beam front suspension. The SPL212 instead had the independant front torsion bar system from the truck. Whilst this was certainly an improvement, it was still far from being ideal for a sports car. The chassis for the sports car was little more than a shortened truck one. The choice of running gear was a puzzling one, because at the same time the SPL212 went on sale Nissan had just released the all new 310 series Datsun Bluebird sedan, which had a much more modern double wishbone independant front suspension system, which would be used in the next Fairlady, the SP310.
There were no model variations of the 1960 Fairlady SPL212.
The Datsun SPL212 was based on the chassis and mechanicals of the Datsun 223 truck. More information about this vehicle can be found on the Datsun 223 page.
Length - 4025mm
Width - 1475mm
Height - 1380mm
Wheelbase - 2220mm
Weight - 890kg
Top speed - 132kph
Transmission - Floor change 4 speed
Model - E
OHV 4 Cylinder
Capacity - 1189cc
Bore & Stroke 73x71mm
Power - 48hp@4800rpm
Torque- 60ft/lb @2400rpm
Compression - 7.5 : 1
Carburettor - Hitachi VAA-28-1B 28mm single throat downdraught
Final drive - 4.625 : 1
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