Weekend Edition – A Clean 1971 Datsun 510 Convertible – Wait.., What?

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Here are a few Craigslist Quick Hits for the weekend. The first is a 1971 Datsun 510 that has been converted into a Convertible. Yes, a Convertible 510…

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According to the listing:

1971 Datsun 510 convertible, 5 speed. Rebuilt engine, Immaculate condition, interior Clean, Chrome Clean, New paint job. Original wheels.

Asking price for this, er, interesting Datsun is $5,000. See the listing here, or if it disappears, click here.

What do you think of this rather nice… Hell, it’s an abomination.


  1. Even without "before" pictures, I can state with utmost certainty that it looked better before it was made into a convertible. Who made that top? A boat upholsterer? Awful. Only moderately better without the top in place. That poor dime.

  2. I guess all the Hooniverse traffic is driving up the price, I am seeing $8000 on the ad. It looked better at 5K. Still not good exactly, but better.

  3. Dump the convertible. Remove the roll bar. Cure the dropsy on the rear view mirrors. You have a real sweet roadster.

      1. I don't think that will work – it will be almost impossible get it all lined up properly again.
        I think Mr Smee's suggestion below of creating a speedster out of it might just work – lets face it, nobody is ever going to want to take it out if it even looks like it might rain (mostly because there is no way you would want to have to fight with that abomination of a top).

  4. Hideous. But, put a low speedster-style windshield on it, headrest cowlings and drop it into the weeds that might save it.

  5. As far as home built ragtops go, this is pretty nice. That's a bit like being the smartest one in remedial math.
    A kid I knew in HS chopped the op off his Toyota Corona with a reciprocating saw. It did not turn out this good.

  6. Oy Vey!
    Ok, we can at least try to revive this patient. Nurse, get me a 1600/2000
    roadster hardtop, STAT. Also grab 150 sq ft of glass cloth with resin, a roll
    of chicken wire, and 4 pieces of aluminium flat bar stock.
    Reciepe: Take hardtop,slice behind window frame.
    lengthen rear of top using bar as new baseplate
    fill gap with chickenwire on inside face, slather on glass cloth and
    resin to taste. Sand to smoothness. Add remaining bar stock to upper section
    for additional strength. Sand entire top, then paint. Let dry & install.
    We can rebuild-we have the redneck technology

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