5k: Poor Man’s 2002: 1972 Datsun 510 2-Door

The Datsun 510 has for years been considered the “poor man’s” BMW 2002, but the 510 prices have risen recently, particularly the sporty looking two-door version.  Today’s example is not a original-condition low-mile survivor and has does have some rust, but the price is good and recent work done almost exceeds the asking price.  Find this 1972 Datsun 510 Bluebird 2-Door offered for $5,000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

If this is your first visit to Daily Turismo, allow me to introduce you to the DT motto: Nihil est melius expensa pecunia domino priori vehiculo.  Translated into the modern English vernacular, this reads There is no better money spent on a carriage than the previous owner’s.

The Datsun 510 is as a lightweight sedan running a longitudinally mounted L16 inline-4 (1.6 liters if you couldn’t tell from the name) that is rated at 92 horsepower.  This particular car uses a 5-speed manual gearbox out of a 280Z and a few custom interior pieces.  It is a work in progress, but appears to be drivable as-is while you sort the problems.  

See a better classic JDM style 2-door for less?  tips@dailyturismo.com