CC Outtake: 1972 Datsun 510 Wagon, Green Edition


A true CC

I was looking for an antique shop in town. Although I missed it by a block, I discovered something far more interesting: a 1972 Datsun 510 station wagon, in all its greenness.

I was very tempted by the 510 in 1972. Bob Sharp Motors, in Georgetown, CT, was just down the road from me. They’d set up a 510 for you with lowered suspension, mags, radials and engine mods (if you wanted them), and then finance the whole package.



A vinyl top for the Brougham crowd

08 Pass Side

It’s, uh, green

As many of you may have noticed, this car is slammed, but it does have air shocks to raise itself should your fillings began to shake loose. The guy’s wife will actually ride in the car with him for short distances.

I like the wheels as well. They are Rotas, a direct rip-off of Panasports, which were Minilite rip-offs made in the Philippines. They look great and are affordable.


10 Sunroof

Old-style sunroof

The owner has also installed a sunroof similar to one he once had on a Beetle.


09 Interior

Check out the radio block-off plate

He’s my kind of guy–no radio or “infotainment” system here. The little red duber under the block-off plate is a decal for attendance at the Japanese Classic Car Show held annually in Long Beach, CA.



L16 engine with only 83,000 mi

This car is from Seattle, so it’s rust-free. The owner picked it up in 2002 with about 75,000 miles on the ticker, and has owned it since. The cold air intake is owner-fabricated, and aside from new heater hoses and plug wires, the engine is untouched.

And yes, this is a daily driver.