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Whither Johnny Morton? Datsun 510 is AB's Reader's Ride of the Day

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

As we power up the Jalopnik laptop each morning, we're usually greeted by a period shot of Pete Brock's BRE racing team circa 1971: driver John Morton, Brock and engine chief John Caldwell, along with the Datsun 510 racer the team ran in the SCCA Trans Am series that year. That the Jalop comprises all manner of 510 geeks is no secret, which is why we were plenty psyched when Autoblog picked a restored, tuner model as its reader ride of the day. It's a bit of a Frankenstein's monster, this butterscotch brown '72, sporting BMW headlamps, a suspension fitted with bespoke swaybars, and a turbo-boosted Nissan SR20DET under the hood producing 300 hp at the wheel. It even has a BRE-style air dam, which all proper 510s should. Click through for more Datsun geekery, in the form of John Morton's commercial for the original 280z.


RR of the Day: 1972 Datsun 510 2-Door [Autoblog]

SUPER FUTURE MODERN AMUSEMENT! 1968 Datsun Bluebird [internal]

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My '71 510 was identical to this only in BRG and aluminum wheels (alas, no turbo). When I had to replace the driver's side door due to a fender bender wrought by some mild hoonage, I just painted it primer gray and hand lettered "Tojo's Revenge" in the upper left corner. This car taught me the meaning of 'drifting' before I even knew such a term existed.

Ah, memories. Shoulda kept that one