Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Avocado Survivor: 1970 Datsun 510

With the price of vintage junk going through the roof these days (thanks hipsters!!) it might seem a tall order to find a classic car that's everyday driveable, looks cool, and doesn't cost an arm/leg.  However, you might have to deal with steel wheels (with granny caps) and light green paint.  Find this 1970 Datsun 510 offered for $8,500 in Goldendale, WA via craigslist.

The Datsun 510 (known as the Bluebird outside the US & Canada) was the Japanese counterpart to the BMW 2002 from parent company Nissan.  Like the 2002, they were built by the boatload, rusted instantly when exposed to moisture and languished in a price range that put them just inches from the crusher for decades.  However, 2-door versions have seen some price appreciation in the past few years -- act fast before they cost as much as Porsche 912s.

Powering the  510 is an L16 inline-4, which is a 1.6 liter (non-crossflow) overhead cam tractoresque thing that made 92 horsepower from the factory.  Unfortunately this L16 is mated to a 3-speed automatic, so the sporty character is considerably diminished, however with original paint, 44k miles, and 2 owners it could be the time capsule you've been looking for.

See a better way to live the hipster dream?


  1. Alas, if this were NOT an automatic, it would not exist in this state. However, a 4- or 5-speed swap is not a difficult task....

  2. The slushbox is easily rectified.

  3. Sure is a great looking little car.

  4. Agreed. Love the color too. And not in an ironic way.

  5. Interesting to see one not slammed and with a set of Panasports.

    I like them slammed and with Panasports much more than stock and have since they were new.

    Could the IRS in the sedan be grafted to a wagon? I love the way the wagons look as well.


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