Datsun 510 For Sale
Welcome to Datsun 510 For Sale!
The Datsun 510 is a historical automobile that is collectible today by both racing (rally) and classic car enthusiasts. Made by Nissan from 1968 to 1973, its short timeframe on the market and limited production numbers makes it a rare find. This is especially true for the buyer looking for a quality 510. The Datsun 510 is also known as the Datsun 1600 and Yue Loong Bluebird 706, as it was a variant of the Datsun Bluebird.
It is common to find the 510 for sale on Craigslist and eBay and there are scattered resources online for modifications, repair and restoration. This website is designed to be a central place for potential buyers to find 510′s For Sale and for Datsun 510 sellers to post their cars for sale. The goal is also to collectively pool resources and include information about parts, repair, aftermarket mods and OEM restorations. Thank you for visiting the site and please contact us with any questions.
December 2013 Update
510ForSale.com has recently been redesigned for a more streamlined and timely update process. If you have been to this site before you may have noticed a few week delay between updates. It is our goal to eliminate this issue by giving sellers the toolkit to post and manage their own ads on this site. See our List a 510 For Sale page for more information.
Features & History: At the time of the Datsun 510s introduction to the market, German luxury cars were very popular. Thus much of the style and design was impacted by automobile manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes Benz as well as other luxury car makers like Jaguar, Porsche and more. Datsun purchased much of the 510 design when they bought Prince Motor Company and utilized the experience of Teruo Uchino to create the European style.
The Datsun 510 features an old school luxury car look and boxy lines reminiscent of high end cars from the late 60s and early 70s. The Datsun 510 was modeled heavily after other luxury cars in the market at the time.
The Datsun 510 was unique in that it provided the consumer with many options not only in engines but also in body style. This is common today however at the time was not regularly practiced in the auto industry. The five door station wagon was one of the more popular designs and is highly sought after in today’s used marketplace. The wagon was a compromise for car drivers that wanted a balance of storage capacity and performance and featured various I4 engines and two transmission options.
The wagon market has shrunk today with the rising popularity of SUV models and Crossovers. The 510 Wagon has a retro style that many nostalgic car collectors seek. Although all 510 body styles are highly sought after by rally enthusiasts and classic car guys, the wagon is by far the most popular of the three.
Datsun 510 Wagon Restorations
As with all of the body styles, the Datsun 510 Wagon is often restored or built out / modified. While some wagon owners aim to return the vehicle to a stock retro look, others aim to add new school performance technology and blend modern lines into the classic body style. Check out our Wagon page for various pictures and videos from 510 Wagon owners who have made improvements, mods and restored classic wagons.
Along with various body styles the 510 was made available with two different transmission types. This included both a four (4) speed manual and a three (3) speed automatic. Various engines were also offered through the production run. Refer the quick facts menu to the right for specifics. Gas mileage for the day was an unheard of 20 to 30 mpg. This is impressive for a time when fuel economy was not a concern to drivers. It should be highlighted that not all options were available in every market that the Datsun 510 was sold.
Datsun 510 Legacy & Motorsport Utilization
When the Datsun 510s popularity rocketed forward was when it finished first in its classat the Trans Am Series in both 1971 and 1972. The Trans-Am Series originally known as the Trans-American Sedan Championship was created by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) as a platform for modified racing sedans to compete.
When the 510 won, it became highly sought after in North America as well as Australia and New Zealand. Other popular regions were South Africa and Japan. The high use of the Datsun 510 as a rally and motor sport vehicle has led to a shortage in the used market. It is particularly difficult to find them in good condition today. A common repair that must be made to legacy Datsun 510s is that of replacing or upgrading the suspension particularly the shocks.
Best Place to Find 510′s For Sale
Today it is not only the most common but the safest practice to buy a used 510 from an area on the West Coast or Southern States. The following are great locations to find prestine Datsun 510s.
- Southern California
- Los Angeles
- New Mexico
- Las Vegas
Aftermarket parts for Datsun 510s are common including major modifications and upgrades. As previously mentioned, the suspension is the most common upgrade, shortly followed by a new engine or motor for more power and performance. Check out the parts page for more information.
Datsun Forums & Blogs
As with niche car markets, like Jeeps and Corvettes there are a few focused forums online and often a blog or two that has a wealth of information presented. The forums are general a place where car specific enthusiasts gather to show off their ride, post pictures, discuss and post other content. Specifically for the Datsun 510 Wagon, the online forums are a great resource for built outs, modifications, restoration, parts info, schematics and other info. Check out our Resources page for links the best online 510 Wagon web properties.