Some of you may have seen this 510 listed for sale about a month ago. Well, the buyer was unable to follow through with the purchase. (For the record, he was not a typical deadbeat bidder; he just came across some unforeseen circumstances.) So, it’s up for sale again and the reserve is already met.
When an ebay aution completes, but the buyer doesn’t or can’t pay, ebay requires the seller and the buyer to mutually cancel the transaction in order for the seller to not be charged the final-sale-value based fee. It is only after the transaction has been cancelled officially that the seller can actually re-list the item. Finally, after a month, this 510 is back on the automotive version of Match.com, plying its wares in search that special someone.
This Datsun checks all the right boxes. It has no rust, original paint in a 70s-tastic shade of yellow, it’s a wagon, and it’s a 4 speed. Also, word on the street is that it’s current owner is pretty amazing. I have it on good authority that he “World’s Most Interesting Man” once peed himself at the mere mention of him.
This car (click here for the ad) spent most of its life in dry Las Vegas. It still sports a Nellis Air Force Base sticker on the front bumper.
510s have a devout following these days. The little race car that could started it all. All decked out in Simoniz livery, the #46 510 won its class in the Trans Am series back in 1972. Some of that success was thanks to the 510’s independent rear suspension. Unfortunately, the wagon variant had a solid rear axle in order to cope with the rigors of life as a utility vehicle.
This gold wagon is a little dinged and scratched, but, if it were mine – which it is for a few more days – I wouldn’t change a thing about the exterior. Well, I would change the wheels, but the body and paint I would leave alone. The great thing about original paint cars is that they don’t have to be perfect. Show up at a show or a run and everyone will love it for its originality and character.
This image is of a Lada, but it serves as what would be my vision of how the 510 was to look if I’d ever finished it. Of course, with the ’70s yellow instead of the orange. (And maybe without the roll-back vinyl roof.)
Hopefully, it will get a loving new owner who will make it even nicer and drive the wheels off of it.
Scott Ith is an Associate Editor with Hooniverse.com, but he also contributes to his own site NeedThatCar.com. Head over there for more hooniganism.