Datsun Fairlady Roadster
Everybody knows Japanese manufacturers started as downsized copies of European and American cars. One of the most attractive Japanese copies of European cars was a cute and compact Datsun Fairlady Roadster built from 1959 to 1970, also known as Datsun Sports (via Nissan USA).
Japanese carmakers borrowed the design, technology, and feel from British roadsters, especially Triumph and MG. However, Datsun did more than copy the British. It gave the little roadster significant power with the 2.0-liter engine, better handling, and driving dynamics. Most importantly, it guaranteed the quality of the cars, which is something that British examples had difficulties with. Datsun made over 40,000 of those nifty little cars over an 11-year production period, with most of them sold in the USA, of course, with left-hand drive.