If you didn’t guess the model of my car from my teaser post, or from the title of this post, the car I had was a Five-Ten, Datsun 510. Back around the mid ’70s, my friend and I were on a mission to find a Datsun 510 sedan. Actually, I was on a mission, my friend was just helping me out. I was scouring the local newspaper and searching on Google and Craig’s List…ha, just checking to see if you’re paying attention! Unfortunately there was no Google, Craig’s List, eBay Motors, or even an internet like we know it today. It was terrible, we had to look through dirty old newspapers and get black ink smudges all over our hands, and heaven forbid, we had to call the person about the car instead of sending an email or posting on Facebook. Anyway, it’s beginning to sound like a post about the internet, so here begins my tale of my first car.
I really wanted a 2-door, Datsun 510 with a 4-speed manual transmission. I saw a race car that was built from this model and it looked really cool, to me. It was boxy looking, and not streamlined at all, they weren’t the prettiest of cars around, but that’s what I liked.
One of the cars that my friend and I went to look at was a full race rally car, although it was super fast and handled great (the owner gave me a the ride of my life), it wasn’t really street legal or practical. The car had a roll cage, it was raised up for ground clearance, had no back seat, no rug, and the list goes on.
After weeks and weeks of searching, I came across a car that fit my specifications, we were off to talk with the owner and see the car. The car was close to perfect, it was bone stock, with skinny tires, it had a red interior which I was not crazy about, but not a deal breaker. After kicking the tires (just kidding), checking under the hood, looking at the body and a test drive, I was the proud owner of a gently used 510, similar to the one in the photo below.
I wanted to fashion my car after the Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) full race, Datsun 510, so I installed fender flares, a front spoiler, lowered the car and installed high performance shocks and front and rear anti-sway bars. I also installed Libre aluminum alloy wheels and fat tires. I even put on black vinyl diagonal stripes similar to the BRE car. Because my car was white and it had these black stripes, my aunt used to call my car ‘The Skunk’–how dare she.
The Brock Racing Enterprise’s Datsun 510 is shown below. This number 46 car, was the one John Morton drove.
Here’s a video of the BRE 510 in a race:
There was even a short movie called “Against All Odds”, featuring the BRE 510:
Visit wikipedia.com to read more about the Datsun 510: