• Dec 14, 2006
Sometimes we look at the Flickr pool and our choice for RR of the day is blatantly obvious. This is one of those times. Flickr user "ZQPM1056" acquired this '72 Datsun 510 2-door four years ago and it's been a project car for him ever since. Sporting its original butterscotch brown paint, it channels Peter Brock with an aggressive, vintage BRE air dam, and features nifty bits like headlights from an E30 BMW M3. We'll assume that nighttime visibility is better now than at any other time in the car's 34-year lifespan.

Sixteen-inch Falken-shod Enkeis hide Wilwood brakes, and the car rides on a custom suspension featuring custom swaybars. The 510 also sports a limited-slip differential and is outfitted with very supportive Sparco racing seats inside, the need for which becomes obvious when you lift the hood. Nestled in the Datsun's engine bay is an immaculate Nissan SR20DET whose T28 turbo pushes 17 lbs. of boost. When you factor in the other mods, which include an AEM engine management system, new injectors, and aftermarket valve springs, and much more, according to the owner, you wind up with a vintage Datsun dishing out roughly 300 rear-wheel horsepower. That sounds like a lot of fun to us.

With his trusted dog Chino riding 'gun, ZQ rolls with the personal sense of satisfaction derived from knowing that he's done all the work himself since acquiring the car. A nice, clean and stock 510 would have likely gotten the call to be RR of the Day, but this car, with its fantastic turbo mill and tasteful appearance updatesPM1056, is a complete no-brainer.

Terriffic car, ZQ -- it is today's Reader Ride of the Day. Congratulations.

Follow the jump for more pics and instructions on how to submit your ride for RRotD consideration.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      This 510 must be quite a rush to drive. My pick for RR of the Year!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6 You don't need wipers in a car this light with that much fun under the hood. You can dodge raindrops!

      Great car... easily be the best RR I've seen on this site.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My first car was a '72 Datsun 1200 hatchback that was the same orange color. I had been looking for a 510 but a low mileage 4-speed 1200 came along first. What a fun car! Best feature was I could play boy racer and no one would notice. If I'd had a turbo engine like the RR I probably would have killed myself.
      Charley
      • 8 Years Ago
      I bought a 70 510 for a commuter !! one of the best cars I've ever had !!! a real stealth rocket !! and then I had Bob Sharp (raced 240Z for Datsun/Nissan) breath on it a little !! as they used to say AWESOME !!
      • 8 Years Ago
      A 510 was the first car I owned. It lasted over 100K and was a blast to drive. Unmodded it was fairly slow, but had IRS and rack and pinion steering making handling good for early 70s. I used to street race against a 320i and I could usually keep up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nissan ought to pull a MINI or New Beetle and put together a modern 510. Make it simple, basic, RWD with a tweakable 4cyl. and it will hit huge, probably on a global level. I wish I was an auto exec....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Any idea how much this thing weighs?

      Just freakin' beautiful, and awesome. I hope it runs forever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My first car was a rusty 356B. After it was crushed by a Southern Pine in '77, I got a 510. Great car, good performance, fun autocross car. Road trips to Road Atlanta, Sebring, Daytona(24, not 500). Back in the day.... where did it go?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It has wipers now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Folks, this is very nice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      These were/are great cars. The best that Datsun ever had. Fun to drive, tough, handle well, wayyyyyyy ahead of any Toyota at the time and maybe even now. Got my vote this week for sure.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm tempted to call out all of the RR that I never considered enthusiasts cars, but if you don't have something nice to say...

      In this case, I really like this car and give props to all those guys who revel in 60's and 70's iron that keep SoCal fun! Am I right ZQ, are you residing on the Left Coast?
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