Why Datsun Should Make a Come Back

In the summer of 1988 my sister started dating some new guy. Like any younger brother I hated her boyfriend for merely existing, but that quickly changed when I saw what he was driving. I remember the first day I heard the exhaust note from his brown 280zx revving around the corner and barreling into our cul-de-sac. » 2/22/13 3:27pm 2/22/13 3:27pm

Before Becoming A Budget Racecar, The Datsun 510’s Life Was Quaint

What comes to mind when you think of the Datsun 510? Do you imagine the little coupe being hammered around a track with a transplanted SR20DET motor under its hood? Do you think of it flying around a rally course, beaten half to hell but still going like a coked-out Japanese Energizer bunny? » 9/22/12 9:00am 9/22/12 9:00am

Find This 510: Stolen Datsun in LA

Have you seen this classic Datsun 510? The viciously tweaked '69 dime was stolen recently in the Los Angeles nabe of Echo Park, and has been spotted — Corvette Summer style — cruising the area since then. Just like WWI veterans, 510s are rare and getting rarer, and those preserving one of the Jalop's most esteemed… » 10/19/07 11:00am 10/19/07 11:00am

PCH, Japanese Turbo Edition: Piston or Rotary?

The 2TG-equipped Corolla cruised to a reasonably solid victory over the tubbed Nova in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll. And that's fine, but that Toyota makes us feel like doing an all-Japanese, all-torture selection for today. As always, the problem with Japanese Hell Projects is that the cars themselves start… » 10/16/07 5:30pm 10/16/07 5:30pm

VintageRacer's '68 Datsun 510 In Action

The hue and cry from the readers who demanded to see more shots of VintageRacer's Datsun 510 after seeing just its engine in yesterday's Workhorse Engine of the Day post has been answered. You can all thank VintageRacer for being kind enough to send in a bunch of high-quality shots of his car, both on the track and… » 10/10/07 3:30pm 10/10/07 3:30pm