The Datsun Sports (called Datsun Fairlady in the home market), was a series of roadsters produced by Nissan in the 1960s. The series was a predecessor to the Z-car in the Fairlady line, and offered an inexpensive alternative to the European MG, Triumph, Fiat and Alfa Romeo sports cars. The line began with the 1959 "S211" and continued through 1970 with the "SP311" and "SR311" line.
The Fairlady saw competitors follow its introduction, with examples called the Honda S500, the Toyota Sports 800, and the Daihatsu Compagno. In Japan, it represented one of three core products offered by Nissan at Japanese Nissan Dealerships called Nissan Shop, alongside the Datsun Truck and the Datsun 1000. The Datsun SRL 2000 was the 2 seat roadster than made the name. Paul Newman started his racing in one. It consistently won its class. The MSRP was less than an MGB but had a potent 1982cc overhead cam engine with dual SU type side draft carbs and a 5 speed transmission. SCCA kept moving it from class to class. When in D production, it consistently won everything. When moved to C production it had to race against the much more expensive Porsche 911. Totally stock it would run about 126 mph, but in racing trim it was more like 150 mph. Some private individuals messed around with the stock timing, intake settings and could leave rubber shifting into 5th gear at 140 mph. In 1991, Nissan introduced a limited number two-door convertible styled in a retro appearance to the Datsun Sports called the Nissan Figaro.