The Cherry-based F-10 was Datsun's first front-driver here in the U.S., popping their FWD cherry as it were. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe F-10 isn't all that cherry, but maybe it'll be priced to pop.
The hilarity of yesterday's tubbed '72 Honda Z600 outweighed the diminutive dragster's potentially one-trick pony car-ness and it came away with a respectable 54% Nice Price win. Those littlest of Hondas were some of the first of the brand to be sold in the States, and of course were the vanguard of a long line of FWD models. It was perhaps Honda's success with their font-drivers that led Nissan (at home) to bring to the U.S. their first FWD car, the Datsun F-10.
Ah yes, the Datsun F-10. Eclectically styled as though its designers were themselves on designer drugs. Hell, the entire mid-'70s Datsun range save for the carry-over Z had styling that was over-wrought, overly baroque, and over-done. That today leaves them somewhat under appreciated. When was the last time you say a 610 and thought - I gotta' get me some of that?
This F-10 represents the lessor of the two evils when it comes to the cars' styling as it's the longroof edition. The bubble-back coupe was far more freely looking with hexagonal tail lamp clusters to match its beehive-looking nose. These were not the weirdest of Datsun's offerings at the time - the B210 holds that honor - but it's still weird enough to be interesting today.
Painted in creamy yellow and sporting five-slots on he rear, and steelies on the front, this F-10 rocks a 1,400-cc OHV four and 4-speed stick. Fifty horses is all these cars had to play with, but at under a ton there's not much for them to drag around.
The seller says that this one runs and dives great, and that everything from the headlights to tail lights works. The body is claimed to be free of rust although it does look a little rode-hard-and-put-away-wet. There's a missing bit of trim in the front, and a couple of bolts missing in the engine bay, but those should be seen as opportunities rather than as deal-killers.
Everything else seems as you might expect from an old Datsun, with cracks in the seats and dash, and a skull and cross bones on the front bumper. One thing that is bothering me however, is how in the world is that hatch being held open? There are no struts apparent, are there springs in the roof that balance it when it's up? Inquiring minds want to know
One thing that's a bit of a boner deflater on this old Datsun is the fact that the tags have been left unpaid for a year. The title is clean, so says the ad, but the new owner is going to have to pay last year's registration as well as penalties for the privilege of doing so. That of course is only if the car stays in California. Anywhere else and YMMV.
The price for being this Datsun's new owner is $2,300 and the seller is so excited about the car that he's used up his entire supply of exclamation points in the ad, as well as has held his caps lock key hostage, forcing it to do things it wouldn't normally want to do.
What do you think about $2,300 for this oddball Datsun throwback? Is that a price that could have you popping your F-10 cherry? Or, does that make you not give an F-10?
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