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
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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