We here at RideLust are fond of (you might even say, lust after) all sorts of cars – from the newest Corvette ZR-1 to such classic J-tin as this amazing Datsun 510. The 510 (often called the poor man’s BMW 2002) has long been known as a driver’s car, packing fully independent suspension, RWD, and a sporty SOHC four-banger that was always easily modded for more power. Other Datsun/Nissan products are commonly raided for upgrades, and that’s the situation here, with this 510 packing all the best bits cherry-picked from a variety of its fellow Nissans. Make the jump to read more about the mods.
Honestly, we could take or leave the green – it’s not our favorite color on a classic Datsun, and it’s actually a Ford paint code at that. The original Datsun orange is always a favorite. That being said, we have no bones to pick about the drivetrain – the KA24 2.4 liter engine, despite being a truck motor, is stout and makes good power. It was found in the 240SX too – in this application, it’s making a very reliable 175 HP, more than enough to propel a 510 to extra-legal speeds. It’s backed up by a 280Z 5-speed and a limited-slip rear end. Add full suspension, full Wilwood disc brakes, and an absolutely killer OMP 2-spoke wheel, you’ve got one perfect Datsun. As the guys at Japanese Nostalgic Car will inevitably say, “kidney, anyone?” Jump over to BAT for more.