Very minor upgrades such as clear lens marker lights comes with originals also , Working air conditioning if you can believe that. The K prefix cars had a coupe-style swept roofline and shorter deck lid while wagons got a W prefix. The original battery lasted 8 years! But it was a chore where the older Datsun was a joy…and for me it summed up the whole decline and near-collapse of Nissan in the American market. But I still think of it as the best highway car I ever had—damn it was fast, and could accelerate noticably even at 60. This 1979 Datsun 510 coupe was very nice and unexpected find. It looks like its in really good shape though.
By 1975 Katayama was shuffled back to Japan and Datsun was losing the plot. It was the most economical car I have ever owned!!! It is about 30% done, but currently in dry storage in Montana as we have relocated. The engines for these markets also differed. Here in Massachusetts, these were already uncommon sights by then. Datsun won its class in 1971 and 1972. I think if I found a wagon in good shape I would buy it.
All in all, a solid car, though nothing special. It had a boxer engine from Alfa Romeo, different rear axle but the body was pretty much the same as Cherry. This generation is considered by most Datsun fans as not a real 510 and there is some merit to that argument. It had received after market fender flares either in attempt to increase its sporty looks … or perhaps cover rust. Some product and company names mentioned on this site may be trademarks of their respective owners. It was sold in the United States through 1981.
Luckily we have his deposit receipt to show it was a purposeful, legal use! But I still think of it as the best highway car I ever had—damn it was fast, and could accelerate noticably even at 60. Volvo downunder: A Swedish success story. It started out as a red colour but soon faded to an odd orange colour. The exterior door handles broke off — a problem with all Datsuns of that era. It was one of the worst cars I ever owned. Australia officially only received the four-door sedan and station wagon models. They had the Maxima, the original 4-door sports car, which I had back then and gave 11 years of trouble-free service.
Automatic with manual steering and brakes — the manual steering made the parallel parking during my drivers license test a bit hard — but it was manageable. What happened to your truck Paul, looks like your rear plate took a walk. Not exactly tire fryers yet economical, dependable with care and a style all their own. These cars were very popular for motor sport in South Africa. The engine is spotless and does not leak a drop of oil. I do remember the automatic choke going out early on and it developing an exhaust leak near the end but seems to me it provided our family with solid service over the ten years we had it.
The gearbox was precise but trucklike, and the engine, even with fuel injection, felt strangled…absolutely unwilling to rev. I really like the 510 front end. They had the Maxima, the original 4-door sports car, which I had back then and gave 11 years of trouble-free service. The works cars did not have these holes which means I need one from a left hand drive car as the aerial is on the opposite side to the right hand drive car. I never did care for automatic Sentras, my daughter had a 99. But by the mid seventies, Datsun pretty much lost their mojo with the flaccid 610 and 710. They were available from 1977 to 1981, about the same era when you used to wear that burnt orange leisure suit, remember that one? Mine was a 1979, the King Cab…thank God for that.
Sure they can rust but my 1969 fairlady with the side draught dual carbs fires every cold Kansas morning taking me to work, daughter to school. Mine was a 1979, the King Cab…thank God for that. Perhaps I can trace my fondness for Seventies interiors back to this car. First imports were delivered shortly after the announcement of the car in Japan and was one of the models to spearhead the brand. Retrieved 6 October 2007 from 29 June 2007 at the.
The 1970 facelift brought a new safety-style dashboard with recessed round dials, larger tail lamps with additional chrome trim in the lens and detail changes to the grille. The B210 was considered by many to be less than the bare minimum. Only an excess of chrome at the rear give it any rear identity. I wore out the first one via neglect and hard use — it had so many dents my friends called it the stealth car. Oh what a feeling to have more power. It was two-tone — silver over gray and had velour seats — a first for our family — after vinyl for so many years.