2000 roadster


Dream Roadster

I’ve always craved an English roadster since I was little. My dad restored his 1963 MGB multiple times, and his stories seem like a parallel with the modifications and maintenance I’m doing with my vintage cars.

The best of both worlds would literally be a Datsun Roadster 2000, inspired by English roadsters and with the Japanese technology and quality holding it together. Although I prefer the original U20 engine with dual SU carbs, I can’t deny having that SR20 swap would put a fat grin on my face everyday.

- Jon Tong

Photos from Speedhunters


Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, produced alongside the 1.2-liter Giulietta Spider. Both cars shared much of the same styling, but the 2000 featured twin scoops on the hood and was larger. And the chrome ornamentation belonged in the jewelry box by night. Just 3443 were built of Alfa’s Tipo 102 2-liter between 1958 and 1962.


Tropica Roadster EV, 1994. A new electric vehicle project from Bob Beaumont who had been responsible for the 1970s CitiCar EV. The plan to build 25 cars founded and only 16 were completed. The project was taken over by Zebra Motors (later Xebra) with backing from, among others, Don Johnson, who used the Zebra version (blue car) in the TV series Nash Bridges. However apart from 2 Zebra Model Z Roadster prototypes no further cars were produced and the company folded in 2000


Chevrolet Corvette Moray concept by Italdesign 2003. The Moray was Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro’s homage to 50 years of the Chevrolet Corvette. The dome, which forms the side windows and roof, opens with a gull wing mechanism. These removable door wings allow the Moray to be converted to a near roadster, by eliminating the B door pillar, replaced by a central steel arch from which the wings are hinged