Datsun SPL-311 Roadster Review from North America

1966 Datsun SPL-311 Roadster R-16 1.6

Year of manufacture1966
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission R-16 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carBMW 2002


A fast car that turns heads


The radiator had several problems, it had splits, the hoses were shot, and the caps leaked.

The transmission synchros were shot, so I replaced the 4-speed with a 5-speed. Even with a million miles on it, it runs very well. It is now under complete restoration.

Replaced soft top with a hard top.

General Comments:

Always a fun car to drive, rain or shine. However, the windshield wipers don't work very well.

The seats aren't put together very well, I suggest replacing them with later Datsun Roadster seats, or with Mazda Miata seats.

This car rides like a stagecoach, aftermarket shocks should be put in, such as Koni.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2003

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review