1971 Datsun 510 Rally Car

  • Currently resides in Oakland, CA
  • Fully rally prepped
  • Itemized list of modifications included
  • Bored L18
  • Watanabe wheels
  • FIA approved seats
  • Clean title


This 1971 Datsun 510 was bought new at Ray Cokeley Volvo Datsun in Oakland, and still wears its original license plate frame. It stayed in Oakland, where it was bought by the previous owner and driven to Vancouver. It was then brought back to the Bay Area, where it was prepped for the Targa Newfoundland, where it finished 9th overall. Since then, it has been used as an occasional canyon racer and track toy.

The exterior of this car is white, and has BRE stripes behind the front wheels. It rolls on Watanabe wheels with Falken tires, measuring 195mm section width up front and out back. The seller reports that these tires are in good condition. This car retains its factory chrome and Datsun 411 fender mounted mirrors. A number 71 Gumball can be found on either front door.

The interior has been largely gutted for race use, and now features a FIA-approved Sparco fiberglass-backed driver seat, with an FIA approved fixed back passenger seat, which the seller reports can be easily swapped around. There is now an 8-point 1.75″x.095 tube size full roll cage, that extends into both the front and rear firewalls, built by Impact Engineering in Milpitas California. An intercom and rally computer are also present. The rear seats have been entirely removed, and a net has been added in their place for storage. The dashboard does show cracks, as shown in the photos.

Under the hood is a bored L18, taken from a 1973 Datsun 1800. This engine has been fully built by Ermish racing, and has seen less than 25k miles since the rebuild. The engine’s head was engineered by Rebello, along with OEM ZX flat-top pistons. There are far more extensive modifications done under the hood, which can be found in the photos below.

This car is now offered with a California title in the seller’s name. An extensive itemized list of modifications has also been provided by the seller, and can be viewed in the photo gallery below.

Links to Additional Photo Galleries







Total Bids Placed:

Auction has expired

Highest bidder was: craZee

Bidder NameBidding TimeBid
craZeeAugust 4, 2020 4:46 am$20,250
mercbdrvrAugust 3, 2020 9:10 pm$20,000
Tom818August 3, 2020 8:48 pm$19,500
mercbdrvrAugust 3, 2020 1:54 pm$17,500
speedstaobAugust 3, 2020 1:19 pm$16,750
craZeeAugust 3, 2020 12:21 pm$15,750
Tom818August 3, 2020 11:50 am$15,500
craZeeAugust 2, 2020 8:55 pm$14,750
speedstaobAugust 2, 2020 10:16 am$14,500
mercbdrvrAugust 1, 2020 4:09 pm$14,000
craZeeJuly 30, 2020 5:19 am$10,510
Tom818July 29, 2020 11:38 pm$9,510
craZeeJuly 28, 2020 2:29 pm$6,510
Tom818July 28, 2020 2:05 pm$5,510
Auction startedJuly 28, 2020 12:00 pm

General Inquiries

2 Inquiries

  1. July 30, 2020

    can you supply engine compression or leak down readings please?

    We haven't done a comp or leak down as the motor is strong and healthy but we would be happy to bring the car to a nearby shop if you wanted to pay for a Pre Purchase Inspection. 

  2. July 29, 2020

    Any dealer fees involved with the sale?

    California residents will pay sales tax and registration. otherwise no. 

Sold for: $20,250

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  1. dbakerrock

    Only at 20??? Someone is getting a steal on a cool track toy! It embarrasses the new guns! I don’t need another race car…

  2. krserota

    I’m personally not a Datsun guy, but among all the modified 510s I’ve seen, I love how this actually did some racing, and isn’t just a 510 with an aftermarket steering wheel that some kid drifted around a parking lot lol. Cool car, the videos make the listing! Good luck to everyone involved!

  3. speedstaob

    New to TDE, who pays shipping?

    • speedstaob

      Whoops, didn’t read FAQ. I see.

  4. craZee

    I requested engine compression or leak down numbers from the seller a few days ago. Any idea if those are forthcoming?

    • Brendan

      Hi, we see that your inquiry is currently in the “unanswered” state, and has been for a couple of days, so we went ahead and pinged the seller via email to get back to you. We will follow up tomorrow to ensure that your question gets answered!

  5. steveos415

    Also, can someone tell me where that main photo was taken? Was this car photographed in Oakland? I need to shoot some of my current cars there!

  6. steveos415

    Crazy how far video quality has come since 2007 hahaha. Love the racing footage though!

  7. Brendan

    Additional photos and videos of the car under previous ownership have been added. The photos are viewable via the links right above the exterior gallery. The videos are right above this. Enjoy!

  8. craZee

    Isn’t it true that the seller and admin are the same individual on this auction?

    • Brendan

      Hi, this car is consigned by a TDE employee, with Classic Cars West. We are not affiliated with Classic Cars West in any way, as such, any questions about the car should be be sent directly to Classic Cars West through the blue button above, as they will handle the entire auction process, including the sale. Thanks, and GLWTA.

  9. Brendan

    Additional photos have been provided by the seller and uploaded to the detail gallery.

  10. dbakerrock

    That full roll cage looks serious!

  11. Brendan

    Welcome to the Datsun 510 discussion. You are welcome to ask questions here, but we also have an inquiry feature that will send the questions directly to the seller (the “Ask a Question” button above). Please keep discussions on-topic, and happy bidding!

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