You Need This: Well-patinaed A10-series Datsun 510 wagon

By Colin Wood
Jan 31, 2024 | Datsun, Nissan, wagon, Datsun 510, Cars For Sale, Nissan Violet

Photography Courtesy Patrick Eads/Facebook Marketplace

Original Datsun 510 out of your price range? How about a later Nissan Violet, also sold here in the U.S. as a Datsun 510?

Billed as a running and driving example, this Datsun 510 wagon “would make a great restoration project,” per the seller.

The Datsun is also said to have been fitted with new brakes, a fuel pump, fuel lines and a Weber carb.

Located in Barco, North Carolina, this 1978 Datsun 510 wagon is listed at $3500.

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thashane GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/31/24 8:40 p.m.

Not going to lie, was really hoping it was painted like an a10 warthog

Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
1/31/24 10:31 p.m.

I'm thinking that Datsun wasn't hitting a lot of home runs back in 1978. 

DavyZ New Reader
2/1/24 1:55 p.m.

At $3500, its amazing what a rear wheel drive platform can bring.  I suppose the whole car is there and that's good.  I personally could trick it out by removing the (fake) wood paneling, removing the rack, the ugly bumpers, then installing coil-overs, larger diameter sway bars, Libre mag wheels with fat tires, a MOMO steering wheel, bucket seats, etc.  RB20det swap, 5-speed, etc.  It would be a cool ride after that...

...or I could just buy a Miata.


thashane GRM+ Memberand Reader
2/2/24 12:44 p.m.

In reply to DavyZ :

There's just something about wagons...

Streetwiseguy MegaDork
2/2/24 12:47 p.m.

"Still in the crate" was a saying back in the Mactac era.

Msterbee Reader
2/24/24 2:02 p.m.

A sleeper waiting to happen.  Leave the wood and the patina on the outside. SR20DET or K24 swap with a suitable gearbox and rear end. Upgrade the suspension and add some low-key wheels. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/24/24 2:45 p.m.

My wife drove one of those “later” 510 wagons. I need to see if she has a photo of it. 

livinon2wheels GRM+ Memberand Reader
3/9/24 8:08 a.m.

In reply to Datsun240ZGuy :

omg an f10 wagon....godawful thats painful to look at about like an old ford edsel. In fact, these should be called the japanese ford edsel. Lower case used intentionally for maximum disrespect.

livinon2wheels GRM+ Memberand Reader
3/9/24 8:11 a.m.

In reply to DavyZ :

I'd happily own either of those two 510 wagons, just something right about the proportions and it would likely be a reliable and useful as well as fun car that wouldnt break the bank to  own.

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