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DECEMBER 2009  

 

The A80X prototype

1957 - the A80X prototype for the Datsun S211

The 860cc A80X was designed for Nissan on a commission by Yuichi Ohta. The similarity to the production S211, launched later that year, is obvious. Both cars were fibreglass. Some would argue that the grille treatment of the prototype is prettier than the eventual S211 and the first Fairlady SPL212 and SPL213 models. For the history of Datsun's entry into the sports car market, click here.


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