Originally Posted by dizahl
what year 2000 were you looking at?
I don't know how much variation there was in the basic chassis from one year to the next, but I think none or hardly any. I'm looking into that. But these Datsun 2000's were made and sold from mid 1967 to 1970. Here's a little background info about them:
Datsun released its 2 liter roadster in 1967 as the Datsun Sports 2000 with an official model series identification of SR311 for right hand drive cars and SRL311 for left hand drive cars. In common usage, "Sports" has dropped out of the car's name and the SRL311 is simply referred to as the Datsun 2000. Nissan has commonly named its flagship sports car Fairlady in the homemarket and the SR311 is known commonly there as the Fairlady 2000.
The Datsun 2000 was introduced March 15, 1967 with production of the first model year running through November 1967. As the car was introduced mid-year these cars are often referred to by collectors as the 67.5 2000 or 67 1/2 2000. Production went on through 1970 with a total production of about 15,000 2 liter roadsters.
It is generally thought that Nissan limited production to 1000 cars for the 1967 model year with serial numbers SRL311-00001 through SRL311-01000 being authorized by the factory. It has been speculated that up to 200 of these 1967 cars were RHD SR311's. Neko's Fairlady Volume 2 would seem to indicate production of 1000 SRL311's and 1000 SR311's for a total production of 2000 2 liter cars for 1967. Record keeping was not a priority in those days so there is some debate on these matters. Adding to this confusion, some SRL311's and SR311's have been known to share the same chassis number.
A number of factors make the 1967 2000 highly desirable, the most notable being Nissan's limited production of under 1000 cars in its introductory model year. The 1967 2000 has a number of significant design features that distinguish it from later 2000's, the most notable distinction being the only 2000 to share the charm and vintage styling of the earlier low windshield and "flat dash" roadsters. In addition, the 1967 2000 was the only model year 2000 unencumbered by emission control regulations that were implemented in 1968. It was also the only year that a special 150hp competition kit with Solex carburetors was available as a factory option in the U.S.
In any case, since I'm not intending to be a car collector or original restoration freak, I just want to find a Datsun 2000 with a trashed motor and decent body/chassis that I can use to butcher into this swap idea and use it as a dedicated track car except for the rare occasion when I might want to drive it on the street on nice days and go kick some ass on other cars.