Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Carmudgeon's Choice: 1971 Datsun 510

I know that I'm going to sound like some old cranky curmudgeon when I say this...but I remember a time when Datsun 510s were appreciated for being a cheap way to drive something that looked like a sedan but handled like a sports car.  Time was not friendly to 510 -- its thin sheet metal reduced weight, but turned to mush in the presence of moisture, and more than a few 510s were stuffed under the tire wall at your nearest race track...so the pool of 510s got smaller, but the cool factor skyrocketed and suddenly people want money like they are a sports car instead of a sedan that drives like a sports car.  Anyway, lemme land this plane...prices for the 510 are high these days, but this next one has a certain combination of speed and flair that even a curmudgeon can appreciate. Find this 1971 Datsun 510 offered for $14888 CAD ($11k USD) in Vancouver, BC via craigslist. Tip from Erik202. 

From the seller:

1971 Datsun 510
fuel: diesel
title status: clean
transmission: manual
1971 Datsun 510
2.0 L race engine dual 45s cam headders etc.. less then 1500 miles on $6500 build
280z 5 speed trans with roadster clutch
280z front struts and brakes
Rear cage
Race seats and belts
Rare widebody
Solid car
Clean reg in hand
Alumn rad and electric fan
My summer car has vintage plates
Priced to sell 11usd or 14888 cdn very rare
Has 69 rear lights
68 front grill and surrounds will be replace with correct 71
Has rare push front bumper

Rare car 240z 260z 280z are now 40 plus clean
This is cheap

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  1. This car is a real magic
    beauty, with five years older than me!

    1. Same here, I hope I'm in that good a shape in 5 years :D

  2. it is a rare one that runs on "diesel". I remember these very well and wish had owned one, but was stuck in rebuilding VW beetles in those days:-(

  3. “ 2.0 L race engine dual 45s cam headders etc.. less then 1500 miles on $6500 build”

    I wonder if there is an aftermarket crank for these. Back when they raced these the rules said you needed to use a factory crank and they couldn’t make the cranks reliably last a race no matter how liberal the interpretation of the words “factory crank”.


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