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AutoArt 1:18 Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) Diecast Model

Reviewed by:   Rusty Hurley
     
  AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car
 
 
 

And so it begins...

The legendary Datsun Fairlady nameplate is part of a line-up of cars with the sub-branded name “Datsun Sports”. These cars, with variants dating back to a 36 hp version in 1959 established Datsun as a contender in the sportscar field. Whereas their brethren at Toyota’s initial sports car designs seemed to be Jag derivatives, these Datsun’s have a similar British influence though more from the MG and Triumph end of things.

The designation SR311 is an acronym for Sports, Right-hand drive and 311 for..y’know...311. Actually the model series has a confusing array of numerical designations as it is badged as the Fairlady 2000 and is near the end of the line for this predecessor to the “Z”.

So, as my daughter would say, “Whatever.”

All I know is I’m holding the funkiest model I’ve seen since AUTO art did the Mazda Cosmo last year. In fact there’s a real labor of love feeling going on here as their was with the Cosmo - you get the feeling that this model car is not only a replication but a re-creation and quite a bit of time has been spent on getting it right. In fact between the Cosmo, the Toyota Trueno, GT and Celica and now this Datsun, AUTOart has worn their heart on their sleeve (or their checkbook) in terms of classic Japanese images.

The model comes with two display options for the ragtop; a buttoned down version and top up and places to store the one you’re not using at the moment in the styrofoam coffin “Millennium” packaging. The exterior is, as you’d expect in an any AUTOart, well executed in terms of paint, glazing and and chromed details such as bezels (especially the rear jet-inspired taillight cluster). The front parking/indicator lights seem a bit off center mounted low (albeit uniformly low) in the scoop. Other versions will have more distinct chrome bezels: so perhaps this offset is intentional. Not that it’s all that noticeable given the anime-style oversize rounded headlamps on this otherwise very British looking car.

The interior, which it’s sharp black with silver trim, is immaculate and features a sport steering wheel, branded floor mats, detailed shifter and nylon seat belts with photo-etched buckles. Yet another reason why this model looks much better sans top. The trunk, hood and doors open, all with tight shut lines. I’m not wild about the spare tire presentation but at least there’s an acknowledgement that it existed and there is a jack to boot.

Like most sportscars, the Fairlady got it’s racing cred from a combination of light weight and high revs. Raced by John Morton, Bob Sharp (aka the usual Datsun suspects) the four-cylinder U20 engine features dual Solex carbs and developed up to 150 bhp. It dominated the SCCA classes within it’s category. In terms of execution, this is the best engine in this price range I’ve seen in quite a while, with a fully formed engine block, wiring and good cosmetics such as a branded extruded valve cover and labels.

There are several versions of this model possible and three already scheduled to be made. No racing versions are on tap - yet - though I will personally lobby for them as they’ll look awesome as a pert of a Datsun retrospective next to the Morton Kyosho 240Z. Variations between versions for different countries could prove interesting (such as the high wind screen version for the “taller” American market).

As the collectibility of postwar 1:1 Japanese cars continues to grow (particularly on the west coast) it’s good to see AUTOart keeping up by offering that same collector experience in 1/18. The quality execution of this model and fidelity to the original make it, in my opinion a highly desirable model whether you choose this version or one soon to come.

(08/30/2010)
 
 
  AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

AutoArt 1:18  Datsun Fairlady 2000 (SR311) diecast car

 
 
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Year: Color: White
Make: Datsun Code: AA77433
Model: Fairlady 2000 (SR311)
Regular Price: $136.95 Our Price: $129.95  Save $7.00 (5%) Points to Redeem: 1856
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