Carmudgeon’s Choice: 1971 Datsun 510

I know that I’m going to sound like some old cranky curmudgeon when I say this…but I remember a time when Datsun 510s were appreciated for being a cheap way to drive something that looked like a sedan but handled like a sports car.  Time was not friendly to 510 — its thin sheet metal reduced weight, but turned to mush in the presence of moisture, and more than a few 510s were stuffed under the tire wall at your nearest race track…so the pool of 510s got smaller, but the cool factor skyrocketed and suddenly people want money like they are a sports car instead of a sedan that drives like a sports car.  Anyway, lemme land this plane…prices for the 510 are high these days, but this next one has a certain combination of speed and flair that even a curmudgeon can appreciate. Find this 1971 Datsun 510 offered for $14888 CAD ($11k USD) in Vancouver, BC via craigslist. Tip from Erik202. 

From the seller:

1971 Datsun 510

fuel: diesel

title status: clean

transmission: manual

1971 Datsun 510

2.0 L race engine dual 45s cam headders etc.. less then 1500 miles on $6500 build

280z 5 speed trans with roadster clutch

280z front struts and brakes

Rear cage

Race seats and belts

Rare widebody

Solid car

Clean reg in hand

Alumn rad and electric fan

My summer car has vintage plates

Priced to sell 11usd or 14888 cdn very rare

Has 69 rear lights

68 front grill and surrounds will be replace with correct 71

Has rare push front bumper

Rare car 240z 260z 280z are now 40 plus clean

This is cheap

See a better way to get into a vintage Datsun?