Thursday, February 25, 2010
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1971 Datsun 510
This 510 sedan is a fairly early one, 1971 at the latest, going by the original license plate. It features the anti-glare windshield and redesigned side markers made standard in 1970. It wears a yellow paint scheme with black and white side striping and black "Datsun" quarter panel stickers. This, combined with the gold 4-spoke wheels, probably made it a snappy-looking little car back in its prime. Unfortunately, a life out on the coast hasn't been kind to it. The body is straight but rock chips have exposed the metal to 40 years of salt air and caused significant rust. It's a really cute little car and I'm sure it would be fun to drive assuming everything is mechanically sound. I'm scared for the body, though. Hopefully the deterioration will be stopped before it's too late.