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1971 Datsun 510

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Manufacturer: Datsun
Model: 510
Year: 1971
Type: Coupe
Color: Rustoleum Regal Red Satin
Mileage: 9,999,999
Engine: SR20DE
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Trim: 2-door
Interior Color: blue, black, beige and rust
Vehicle Title: Clear
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1971 Datsun 510 for sale

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Consult with your employer and/or spouse before considering purchase of this vehicle. This very car was listed and supposedly sold just over a month ago. but the original buyer's employment situation de-actualized before the sale was actually consummated. so here we go again.  

This car is 90% backstory. so here's some of it:

There was this magazine called Sport Compact Car… No let me back up one step: So there was this thing called a magazine. It was like a blog. but it was on paper and it was only updated once a month. It sounds crazy now. but it was still faster than dial-up internet.  

I worked at that magazine. and wrote a series of articles on this '71 510 that I built into my first rally car.  

Short version:

It has an SR20DE. the last set of Tokico Prodra-G rally shocks in the known universe. spring rates copied from some East African Safari Rally paperwork found in an old file at Nissan Motorsports. and all the skid plates and roll cages you needed to compete in SCCA ProRally and CRS back in 1999. That is not enough roll cage to compete now. however. so it needs a little updating if you want to get it back on the stages. And just to be clear. I lost the original SCCA log book years ago because I'm a disorganized fool.

Despite its utterly disgusting appearance. the car is shockingly reliable. SR20s are tough. and the engine runs on a Jim Wolf tuned stock ecu. using a trimmed-down factory S13 harness. The rest of the car's wiring is a relatively new (~10 years ago) EZ Wiring harness. As a result. the car shakes off endless months of sitting around outside by just firing up and idling. It's pretty remarkable. The shitty aftermarket electric fan is dead. though. so don't stop.


The right front corner is bashed in a bit from hitting a tree on a Laughlin rally stage on the Hualapai indian reservation where I learned how bad gravel tires are in the snow.

The roof is dented and the rear window doesn't seal from rolling at the Prescott Forest rally. If it makes you feel any better. I went wheels to wheels. kept going. and only had to stop because the radiator was punctured in the roll. We patched it up overnight and won the second day.

The right rear fender is bashed in and the rear bumper is folded under from clipping a fence post at a Leon Styles paintball park rallycross. There's also a pink spray paint tag in that dent because I used to park on the street near a sorority house.  

The left rocker panel is bashed in from losing the 2WD CRS championship in 2002. I had it in the bag until the final stage of the season. where I hit an unexpected patch of snow at an unwise speed. bifurcated a control arm on a watermelon sized rock. didn't lift. continued at a very unwise speed. and finally exited the road when the left front wheel exercised its newfound independence. I landed on a berm on that rocker panel while still traveling at that unwise speed and somehow managed not to roll again.  

The roof is mostly beige because the original vinyl top finally unglued itself on the freeway more than 40 years after it was glued on.  

Finally. while the car was on eBay last time. a wind storm blew down my fence and it landed on the car. Do not be concerned. I was able to rebuild the fence.

The internet has done an incomplete job of archiving this car's storied history. and I'm unsure about hyperlinks in eBay listings. so just Google “510 rally beater” and you'll learn all the internet can tell you. Also. go to YouTube and search for "Eyesore Racing Datsun 510 at Laughlin"  That's a video of it in action in only its (and my) second rally. It had an L18 back then with double-digit horsepower. so the rooster tails are much bigger now.

There is also a video of the car starting and running last month. to prove that it does. Search "eyesore racing 510 rally beater cold start demonstration" on YouTube

You can also se in-car video from the hoonassery that produced the glory shots in this listing. Search YouTube for "josh jacquot running. dave coleman driving eyesore racing datsun 510 rally beater" on YouTube

Finally. the answers to the FAQs:

No. it does not have a welded diff or an LSD. LSD would be a good idea. Welded diff would not. Tried that once. handled like crap. went back to open diff. It actually works really well with an open diff. since the spring rates are soft enough to keep both tires on the ground. Sucks getting out of ditches. though. Stay out of ditches.
Yes. it is registered in California.  
Yes. I even found the title.

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