Datsun Sports Tyres
Datsun Sports / Fairlady 1959–1970
Datsun 1600 Sports
- Some 1200 models were released on 600-12 tyres. The modern expression of this size is 155 R 12. The only tyre we can offer in this size is the 155 R 12 Nankang.
- The correct tube for this tyre is the Michelin 12D.
- The Datsun Sports 1200 (SPL 212/213) fitted 5.20 - 14 crossply tyres, for this size we recommend the 5.00/5.20 x 14 Excelsior. However, you can fit 145-14 as a radial alternative, for this size we recommend 145 HR 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
- For 5.20 - 14 tyres, we can offer Michelin 14CG innertubes, and for 145 - 14 tyres you can fit Michelin 14D tubes.
- The Datsun Sports 1500 / SP310 fitted 5.60 - 13 crossply tyres, the only tyre in this size is the 5.60 x 13 Camac. You can, however, fit 165 - 13 tyres as their radial alternative. For this size we recommend fitting the 165R13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36.
- For 5.60 - 13 and for 165 - 13 tyres the correct innertube is the Michelin 13D.
- Both the Datsun Sports 1600 / SP311 and the Sports 2000 / SR311 fitted 5.60 - 14 tyres, there are no 5.60-14 crossply tyres currently available, however we do have 165 - 14 tyres for a radial alternative, the tyre we recommend fitting in this size is the 165 HR 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
- For both 5.60 - 14 and 165 - 14 tyres the Michelin 14D is the ideal innertube.
- Our period fitment guides suggest that some Datsun Sports were released with tubeless wheels and others were released on tube-type wheels. You would likely have to remove your tyres to find out the wheel type of your car.
- One might still fit innertubes to tubeless wheels; perhaps if you fit tube-type tyres, suffer a puncture, or are not confident your rims are airtight.
Datsun Sports Recommended Tyres
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History of the Datsun Sports
The Datsun Sports (Aka the Datsun Fairlady in Japan and Australia) were a series of roadsters manufactured from 1959 - 1970. Originally these models were small-scale production, handbuilt roadsters that were made to be the Japanese competitor to the roadsters that were performing brilliantly in Europe in the 60's. The first generation models had only 237 examples produced with only 20 of those being the S211, the first model of the Datsun Sports and also the rarest model of Datsun. The SPL212 was the first Datsun car to be exported to the United States and alongside its later iteration, the SPL213 were export market only models. The second generation of Datsun Sports debuted to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1961 as the SP310 model, just months before the MGB was rolled out. The second-generation switched to mass-production, ditching the prior truck-based platform, instead, moving to the Bluebird sedan platform. The SP311 was first displayed at the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show, with 14-inch wheels and a few minor trim changes. In 1967 the Datsun 2000 or SR311/SL311 was released to the public, fitting a new inline-4 2.0L engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Production of the Datsun Sports line ceased in April 1970.