by Mike –
This is the second installment of Collector Cars For Less Than $50k USD.
The Datsun 510 Sedan is an interesting Japanese made car. Unfortunately there are not many good Datsun 510s left because many were used up, raced, wrecked and likely rusted away.
Datsun 510 Sedan
Branded the Bluebird in Japan the Datsun 510 changed what people thought about Japanese made cars. The Datsun 510 has been compared to the BMW 1600 and 2002 but at a much lower price point.
The Datsun 510 Sedan incorporated a fully independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms and a single overhead cam 4-cylinder engine. In the US market it was powered by the Hitachi downdraft carbureted 1.6-liter I4 engine with either a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission. The power was claimed to be 96 hp and the top speed was 100 mph.
The 510 is a very well styled small car and was a popular choice for racers led by Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) in the Trans Am series.
Number made: approximately 423,000 (2 and 4-door combined) from 1968-1973.
Hagerty Price Guide value for a condition 2 example: $13,300 USD for the 2-door sedan and $10,100 for the 4-door sedan.
Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide median price (2 and 4-door combined): $8,600 USD.
The Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide lists the Datsun 510 Sedan as an Investment Grade ‘B’, which is defined below.
Cars that have something special about them, often technical innovation, style or competition provenance – but normally not all three. They were generally produced in far larger numbers than A-tier cars. Examples are the Austin-Healey 100-4, the Ferrari 512 BB and the Lotus 7.
– Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide
I think a Datsun 510 Sedan would be a great weekend car to drive around town and not worry too much about how many miles you accumulate. Or, it is a great choice for historic racing.
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