Tuesday, December 23, 2014

15k: Yellow Fever: 1971 Datsun 510 Bluebird 2-Door

In 1968, with the release of the 510 series Bluebird, Nissan put together a winning formula of Teruo Uchino styling, bullet proof inline-4 cylinder engine, rear-wheel-drive, and IRS.  The little coupe/sedan/wagon was badged as the 510 for the US market and offers a surprisingly compelling alternative to a BMW 2002.  Find this 1971 Datsun 510 Bluebird 2-Door here on eBay currently bidding for $12,600 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in sunny San Diego, CA.

Nissan was anxious to prove the capability of their 510 platform and the perky little machine ended up doing well in various racing series, including winning the under 2500cc class in US Trans Am racing in 1971 and 1972.  The 510 was campaigned successfully in SCCA racing by various privateers and did well in world wide rally racing (Australian Rally Championship, East African Safari Rally, etc).

The paint may be a 26 year old color change (from an original light cream yellow to the sunshine yellow you see here) but the engine is the original numbers-matching L16 inline four, which is a 1.6L non-crossflow OHC tractor chugger that made 92 hp brand new.

This 510 shows only 33000 miles on the odometer and the seller says it is up for "debate" if the odo has rolled, but he has a stack of receipts and repair bills dating back to the late 70s.  The 3-speed automatic transmission works flawlessly and will make this a bit of a grandpa car, but you could always swap in a 5-speed.

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  1. I would want a manual transmission, too, but the automatic may just be what saved this one from a life of abuse and ricer mods. For that I am thankful.

  2. I'd like to think that someday I will have one of these, and it will have a mild SR20DET and some 15in tires that fit in the stock fenders and some nice seats and nothing visibly radical, and I'd prefer it be a four-door.

    Not sure I'll ever get there, but we'll see.

    I'm trying to think of what colors I ever saw these in on California roads. Dark blue, a light blue, leftover WWII Japanese army camouflage green, leftover Afrika Korps desert tan, white...I don't remember yellow. Might not look too bad in something like BMW Dakar Yellow, but it's not my first preference.

  3. I love 510's to the max! I agree, only certain cars can be yellow. I don't know what makes a car qualify, but I know that when I see a late 90's early 00's GM yellow on a cobalt, sunfire, cavalier, aztek I throw up in my mouth a little. On the other hand I love the look of my 72' mustang in what I call canary yellow with a white vinyl top. Somehow it just works.

  4. This car could look good in a yellow. Just not _that_ yellow.

  5. Miss my 69 510 looks pretty good in the pictures that yellow is Fugly the auto would be an easy swap out !That is a lot of coin for something not done unless you want a stocker and this does fill that bill.


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