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.