Sunday, October 18, 2015

Half Way Done: 1972 Datsun 510

Back when Honda was just starting to export its N600 to the US Market and Toyota was futzing around with its Crown/Corona lineup there was a company named Nissan who was selling a fantastic lineup stateside under the Datsun brand.  In 1968 Nissan slaughtered its Japanese competition in the USA with the B10 Sunny, 510, Sports 1600, 520 Pickup, and Patrol SUV -- it was an all star lineup that makes today's Nissan offerings seem laughable by comparison.  I can't imagine that someone will want (or be able to find parts to maintain) a 2015 Nissan Maxima in 2058, but you will probably still see 510s on the road.  Like this 1972 Datsun 510 offered for $4,250 in Bellflower, CA via craigslist.

The Datsun 510 was part of the Datsun Bluebird platform built from 1968 through 1973 on a unibody chassis with MacPherson strut suspension up front and IRS with semi-trailing arms out back -- it was a fantastic copy of the BMW 1600/2000/2002 New Class offered for a discount.

Power in this 510 isn't the original J or L series  inline-4 because it has been upgraded to a Nissan KA24DE probably borred from a 240SX or Frontier pickup.  The KA is a meaty little engine known for its ability to take forced induction like a champ and it puts out 155 horsepower and 160 ft-lbs of torque. 

See another project ready for a new owner offered at a discount price?


  1. "Who would want a 2015 Maxima in 2058?" Is an interesting question juxtaposed above an AMC Pacer and a Pontiac LeMans.

  2. Just the Facts Mam we never got the sunny in 68 we got the 1200 in 70. !

  3. Whoa Whoa Whoa. The BMW 1600 and PL510 came out the same year. The 510 was not a copy of the 2002. I think this may stem from bitter 2002 racers and fans trying to make a excuse for their 3rd tier status behind the mighty Datsun and the other also-ran Alfa. Just as the Roadster (that came out before the MGB) was not a copy of a car that didn't exist yet. As a man whose kids and wife daily drive an E46 zhp, I must say the BMW owners are pretty pathetic in this regard.

  4. OMG Who took the sawsall to the phucking roof what a waste !


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