We’ve gotten to the point that a classic Datsun 510, especially the high-trim SSS, is a collector’s car to be polished and preserved. But back in 1969, Datsun ran them in the grueling Baja 1000, and here’s how beat to hell they got.
Good luck driving to work today in your sensible sedan!
It may not look like much, but the Datsun 510 was a legend. Ben Hsu, author of Classic Japanese Performance Cars, says it “put not just Nissan, but Japanese cars in general, on the map.” So now we should all watch TheSmokingTire hoon the 510 so we can reminisce upon a time when Nissan was actually cool.
[Current inspiration: a Datsun 160J races ahead to a top ten finish in the 1979 Rally Sweden. Photo via Nissan]
No power steering. No power door locks. No power brakes. It's just you, a 40-year-old rear-drive coupe, three pedals, a turbocharged SR20 engine with nearly 400 horsepower and the road.
Wow, did Mr. K ever put together one awesome machine.
Southern California: it's too hot, too fake, and you commute everywhere you go. But it's all worth it for the cars, like this collection of surprisingly badass tuned 1970s Datsuns, happily shredding tires for the camera.
Judging from his garage, Duane Schaffer likes his vintage vehicles from The Land of the Rising Sun a certain way—slightly odd and extremely low.
After a several month hiatus Josh Clason's Depth of Speed is back with another fantastic video profiling one man's deep love of all things Datsun.
"If a Datsun 510 with minor modifications can take this kind of abuse that long, who knows how long a new 510 will last out there."
Even though the 510 wagon had a live rear axle (unlike its IRS-equipped sedan sibling), it still rates pretty high on the Cool-O-Meter™ in our book. Here's one whose street days are done.
We're just starting to get updates from the action at Stafford Motor Speedway now. Apparently the inspections went smoothly, but cars started to disintegrate as soon as they touched the track.
We think Nissan should drag the admen who made this series of Bluebird commercials out of retirement and put them to work on their current product line. Yes, they're that good!