This was the car that made the Datsun name in the English speaking world. After all, Paul Newman started his racing career in one.

And the SR311 was the pinnacle of the open top “Datsun Sports” as it was called in the US and Australia. Produced from March 1967 – 1970, the SR311 used a 2.0 L (1,982 cc) U20 engine and offered a five-speed manual transmission, somewhat unexpected for a production car at the time. The first-year cars (known as “half year” cars) are sought as there were fewer than 1,000 produced which are unencumbered with the 1968 model year emissions and safety changes. The in-line, four cylinder U20 engine had a cast iron block and aluminum alloy head.

The new SOHC engine produced 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp). An optional Competition package included dual Mikuni/Solex carburetors; a special “B” model camshaft for 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp); higher limit gauges; and a license plate surround. In Australia there were no emission restrictions (lucky us!) and all 2.0 litre cars were fitted with the Competition package as standard.


The model is another one of those “Diapet Collector Club” white metal models that I find online from time to time. Like the Honda S800 keen readers may remember.


These “White metal” models are very heavy, small run castings which are hand assembled and painted. While that does show in some small details, I do appreciate that feeling of craftsmanship you get from these models.

All the hallmarks of vintage diecast manufacture are here - for better of for worse. But I do love that the details are cast rather than tampod on - even if that can look a bit crude in some areas.


And that’s all for today’s edition of the Rising Sunday - enjoy what’s left of your weekend!