The Datsun 510 will always hold a special place in enthusiast's hearts. The anonymous little coupes and sedans quickly established themselves as willing performers on the nation's race tracks in the early '70s. But while the goons at BRE were busy embarrassing other manufacturers in the Trans Am Challenge, scads of 510 Wagons contented themselves with family hauler duty. These days, the unloved wagons are easily outpaced by their two- and four-door compatriots at car shows, but the guys at Depth of Speed managed to find one very well-executed long roof 510 to hang out with for an afternoon.

Unlike most tin top examples, this particular model came with a port-installed vinyl roof. The owner saw the ratted vinyl as an excuse to install a Volkswagen-style canvas sunroof and went to town. Years of tinkering later, the wagon now rides on a lowered stance with some sharp wheels. The machine isn't perfect by any stretch – the paint doesn't exactly match and there are dents and dings – but this one gets driven on its original engine. And that's good enough for us.

Oh, there's also a bonus Toyota Hilux, too. Check it out below.

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      Jim R
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wagons are cool. This proves it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the wagon, but I'm more into the Hilux he's got. It's great to see both these babies rolling down the road and being enjoyed!
      • 2 Years Ago
      What every car owner wants: A beautiful day, an empty road, sunroof open and a 5 speed at the ready.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 510's in sedan / coupe had IRS, but the wagons had live axles with leaf springs. I think the reason the 510 became so popular with enthusiasts is because they were fairly advanced for their time and made good cheap weekend racers. The wagons were more utilitarian in every way. Just saying this is probably why you don't see many, as mentioned at the beginning of the story.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great stuff but the way they had him stand in the garage, the backgroud gave him Mickey Mouse ears.
      • 2 Years Ago
      i had a datsun 510 3 door hatch---one of the best cars i ever had---put over 95,000 miles on before it started to give me more trouble then it was worth---sometimes wish i had it back
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am on my third 510. The first one was my first car. Got tboned (my fault). Had a beater wagon, which I miss. Still have a 71 2dr weekend racer, although it hasn't been raced since '06. If you want to see a wagon with go juice, check out Anthony's -
      • 2 Years Ago
      I totally dig that wagon... especially with the ragtop. Looks like all kinds of fun. I almost prefer these type of odd-ball cars that aren't perfect and don't have a million horsepower, to low-slung exotics that are so expensive you'd be afraid to drive them on the street. That Datsun wagon can be driven to the local Sonic or Target - if it gets another small bent or scratch? Big deal... it adds to its charm.
      • 2 Years Ago
      yippie! Nostalgia - It's like using a 15 year computer running Windows 3.1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd so be down....
      fred schumacher
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had one of these 510 wagons. It was tinny, noisy, and the seats were killers. Drive 200 miles and you couldn't walk. It was no comparison to my front wheel drive Simca 1204 it replaced, which was very comfortable and tracked straight as an arrow on North Dakota's numerous gravel roads. The Datsun was quicker, but got worse gas mileage. It got t-boned at an intersection by a driver running a red light, and I replaced it with a Saab 99 EMS, which was fast and comfortable for its day. (Today it would be considered dog slow.) I've never wanted to go back to rear wheel drive since.
      • 2 Years Ago
      My parents had both of vehicles shown in the video. I learned to drive stick and spin doughnuts in gravel parking lots in that '70 510 wagon. What I remember most about it was that it hated to start in upstate NY winters, and the brakes didn't last long. The front pads were 3 or 4 times thicker on the leading edge when new, but in short time became thinner. The Hilux in the video is clearly older than my parent's 77 SR5. It was a better built vehicle compared to the 510, but we used it like a HD truck, so it had a tough life. Almost immediately we put on 15" tires and rims from an old Chrysler because the stock tires couldn't take the loads we regularly carried. I was surprised they were a direct fit, but there was some wheel rub at times. I could use chains with a light load, and occasionally used it like a 4WD off road in winter. While those are fond memories, I wouldn't go back, and even look forward to the inevitable improvements in cars.
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