To the uninitiated, Datsun roadsters were just a knockoff of the British MGB – but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Datsun Fairlady was introduced before the MGB (by nearly a year).
Further, while the MGB became heavier, slower, and less attractive after 1967, the opposite was true for the Datsun Roadster, which remained relevant and a great sports car buy until it bowed out in 1970 (to make way for the 240Z).
Check out this road test from the March 1964 issue of Motor Trend magazine. [click on the images for high-resolution versions]