Sleeping Beauty sawed logs for 100 years. Endymion, in search of eternal beauty, allegedly slept forever. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Dime has caught 31 years' worth of beauty sleep, but will you think its price is beautiful, too?
Well, we swung for the fences yesterday, and the little Fieroghinterati — looking like it would be more at home on a banked section of narrow orange track than in the hallowed halls of NPOCP — nearly grand-slammed itself a Crack Pipe loss. When the fiberglass dust settled, only 4% of you chose door number one, and most of those seemed to be pity votes. That may very well be a new record here.
Today's record might be for the longest time between a project's start and the realization that it just ain't happening. This 1972 Datsun 510 got a fresh coat of teal back in 1979, and then it went into hiding in the seller's garage, where it is claimed to have sat during the entirety of the New Wave, Grunge, Hip-Hop, Post-Punk Revival and Miley Cyrus eras. No one knows if it kept a diary, or whether it had testified in a mob case before going underground, but without a doubt it's going to take some re-acclimating in order to get used to life on the outside.
The good news is that the dime went in knowing were the loot was stashed, and it never sang. That means you're getting both the 510, and a stack of parts that reads like a BRE warehouse. There's three engines in total, including an L20B, an L18SSS, and the L16 that's in the car. With that L16 comes a 4-speed lickity stick, but that's not all, as there's also a five-cogger out of a roadster for all your shifting pleasure. Keeping the more is more theme going, the R160 diff in the car is complemented by an R180 out of a Z. Of course, if you really want to beef up the back end, an LSD diff out of a Subie is the only way to roll. Koni shocks, Recaro seats, Weber carbs — lots of Weber carbs, and enough dead trees (in the form of manuals and catalogs) to fill the trunk, round out the extras.
Geez, and I only got a cheap suit and a bus pass when I was sprung.
Speaking of sprung, as you can imagine, 31 years out of circulation can wear a car down, and in this case the seller recommends a full regime of rehabilitation before the Dime makes its debut in polite society. That's fair, but what have you got to work with? Well, that 30-year-old paint still looks fresh, owing to a car cover and unbreached garage roof. The seller says there's no rust, and that those holes you see — normally covered with bits of pot metal — will be so covered once again as they just didn't get reattached after the respray, and weren't lost bribing the screws. The carpet does need replacing as it apparently didn't make the jump from ‘70s to Naughtes intact. Of course, if Playboy over the same time span is any reference, you might want to ditch the carpet entirely. That's what most centerfolds do.
Outside, things are better. Keeping the car from scraping its under-bits are a set of four-spoke American Racing Libres, just like Pete used to run. You also get a set of Corvair steelies in the same size, making you wonder what this guy's fascination with having multiples of everything is born out of. Perhaps he was once a conjoined twin, and was detached from his beloved brother about the same time the Datsun went into hiding? Or maybe he suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, demanding that he maintain two of everything? Or, perhaps it's just that one is the loneliest number that you could ever do. Not only that, but two could be as bad as one, it's the loneliest number since the number one.
Whatever the reason, the double your pleasure doesn't extend to the price, which comes in at a requested $6,500, and that is not a multiple of two, or three, or whatever, no matter how you look at it. Regardless of how that price fits into the grand scheme of things, it's time for you to pull the lever on whether or not you think that's a smokin' hot deal.
So, what do you say: Is $6,500 for a still-blinking-from-the-daylight Dime a deal, especially in light of all the extras? Or, does that price mean that you think this 510 should go back into hiding?
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