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Category: Nissan Vehicles

Fairlady is Nissan's sports car family, sold as Datsuns in the Japan market until the 1980s. Note: A sports car in this sense is technically a 2-seater.



The Fairlady roadsters (marketed in USA as Datsun Sports) competed with the 1960s British sports cars and featured 4-cylinder engines and full ladder-frame chassis. Roadster parts have rarely been used on 1200s, as they are older technology.

1959      S211 Datsun Sports 1000 with C1 engine
1960-1963 SP212/SP213 Datsun 1200 Fairlady 
1963-1965 SP310 Datsun Fairlady 1500, SPL310 
1965-1970 SP311 Datsun Fairlady 1600, SPL311 Sports 1600
1967-1970 SR311 Datsun Fairlady 2000, SRL311 Sports 2000
1500 G15 Datsun OHV (pushrod) engine
1600 R16 OHV engine
2000 U20 OHC engine

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SP310 Datsun G15 engine (not Prince G15 engine)
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SP311 R16 engine


Fairlady Coupes (Z-cars) replaced the Roadsters and featured advanced technology including unibody chassis and Independent Rear Suspension. For 1970 they were sold side-by-side with the Roadsters, but after that no convertibles were made for many, many years.

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Datsun model series #S30
* 1969-1972 Datsun Fairlady Z/Datsun 240Z 
* 1971 Fairlady ZG (HS30-H, Japan only)
* 1971 Fairlady Z432 (Japan only limited production) with S20 DOHC engine
* 1974-1978 Datsun 260Z (USA: 1974 model year only)
* 1974-1978 Datsun 280Z and 280Z 2+2 
Datsun model series #S130
1978-1982 Datsun Fairlady 280Z, Datsun 280ZX

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Nissan Z-cars 
1982-1989 #Z31 Nissan 300ZX with VG30E
1989-1996 #Z32 Nissan 300ZX with VG30 and VG30TT engines
2002-2008 #Z33 Nissan Fairlady Z/350Z with VQ35DE engine
2008-     Z35 Fairlady Z/370Z with VQ37VHR engine


1969-1979 model S30 was sold in Japan as the Fairlady Z and in USA as 240Z, 260Z, or 280Z (depending on engine).

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A notable change from the previous Japan-market Datsun Fairlady roadster, the new model was branded as a Nissan.

S311 Datsun (ダットサン) Fairlady
S30  Nissan (ニッサン) Fairlady Z

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The long six was rarely swapped into 1200s but made a splash when it was done. In early 1200 racing, Datsun Competition recommended fitting the S30 brakes. In the 1980s Z-car seats were occasionally swapped into 1200s, but good seats are much too rare these days.

 S30 2.0 liter L20A six
HS30 2.4 liter L24 six
PS30 2.0 liter twin-cam 4-valve S20 six (#Z432)

S30 Fairlady 2000
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S30 240Z with retro-fitted RB20 engine
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240Z (S30 with L24 engine - North America)
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240Z with retro-fitted #280ZX Turbo engine
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260Z (S30 with L26 engine, 1974-1978 Australia, 1974-only USA)
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280Z (S30 with L28E fuel-injected engine, USA 1975-1978) 2+2 long body pictured
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Custom racing nose
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Fairlady 432 JDM only (with engine type S20 twin-cam, 4-valve)

PS30 2.0 liter twin-cam 4-valve S20 six

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The S130 changed from a sports coupe to a larger luxury car. The Japan-market S130 was badged 280Z -- confusingly, as it was badged 280ZX in other countries. Suspension and brakes were commonly swapped into 1200s.

See Main Article: 280ZX
See: 280ZX Strut Swap
See: 280ZX Brake Upgrade

280ZX (S130)
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1983-1989 Z31 300ZX changed from the straight-six to the V6. This single overhead-cam V6 has been swapped into 1200s. Only the special JDM 200ZR used a straight six (the superb RB20DET twin cam).

See: VG_Engine_Swap

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1989-2000 Z32 300ZX (1990-1996 in USA)
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2002-2009 Z33 Nissan 350Z used the VQ V6 twin-cam engine which has been swapped into 1200s a few times. The six-speed gearbox is also useful for mating to the 1200 engine.

See also: VQ Engine Swap

See also: 6-speed

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