Nissan Datsun 510 For Sale Craigslist: Wagon, Coupe, Sedan
DATSUN 510: A Classic & Collectible Rally Car Made By Nissan - For Sale On Craigslist
The Datsun 510 was a unique variation of the Datsun Bluebird made by Nissan. It had a short run only lasting six (6) years in production but nevertheless left a mark and legacy that still makes it a popular and collectible car to this day. Outside North America that 510 was sold as the Datsun 1600 and was given many other names as it was modified and sold in different markets such as the Yue Loong Bluebird 706 in Taiwan.
The Datsun was heavy influenced by popular luxury cars at the time such as BMW and Mercedes Benz. However the original design came through an acquisition from Prince Motor Company a Japanese automobile manufacturer. However many attribute the European style "sheet metal" design to Datsun's in house designer Teruo Uchino.
Datsun 510 Key Features
The Datsun 510 came in a wide range of body styles including a two door coupe and sedan, a four door sedan and station wagon as well as a five door station wagon. This many options was uncommon during the day and was one of the most comprehensive body style offerings on the market at the time.
The 510 also offered both a 4-speed manual and a 3speed automatic transmission. When it came to engines Datsun offered six variations from their Inline 4 L and J series of motors including the 1.3L L13, 1.3L J13, 1.4L L14, 1.5L J15, 1.6L L16 and 1.8L L18. On the 1.6L motor a gross power of 96hp and top speed of 100mph was boasted along with 20-30 mpg. It is important to note that not only options were available in every area that the Datsun 510 was sold, particularly outside of the US and Canada.
Datsun 510 Legacy & Motorsport Utilization
The Datsun 510 became popular when it won its class at the Trans Am Series in both 1971 and 1972. This led to it becoming a popular rally car in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, a tradition that carries on today. Consequently because of the short production run and abuse many of these cars went through over the years it is difficult to find one in good condition, especially in rust prone areas such as the American South and East Coast. Used Datsun 510s in these areas, if not totally rusted out, still have the danger of major suspension issues.
Today it is not only the most common but the safest practice to buy a used 510 from an area on the West Coast or Southern States. California is a great state to search for a Datsun 510 for sale, however also are Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Las Vegas.
Today, as in the past, aftermarket and motor enthusiast modify the Datsun 510 suspension adding upgrades such as coilovers for rally racing. Datsun 510 fans have also been known to modify the 510 body to add effects decrease wind resistance and improve aerodynamics during races. This of course does not even touch on the many engine enhancements and other parts that are added or subtracted for additional performance. It is true that the used Datsun 510 market is as popular as ever.
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