This Excellent Datsun 510 BRE Print is Only $25
Like the 510, expensive tastes priced for the masses.
The Datsun 510, a clever compact that changed the game. Japan’s little budget box aped more expensive BMW and Alfa. Independent rear suspension, overhead cam engine, disc brakes, slim curb weight—all the good stuff. It begged to be tuned. Pete Brock, the brains behind Shelby’s Cobra Daytona Coupe, obliged. The humble 510 became a racing icon.
It diced and dueled throughout the early Seventies, a string of knives-out, door-to-door battles with the heavily favored Alfa Romeo GTA in the Trans Am series. The No. 46 Datsun, driven by John Morton and Mike Downs, won back-to-back SCCA 2.5-liter class championships. That pedigree helped launch Datsun (later: Nissan) into the North American car-buying conscious; in red-white-and-blue BRE livery, the Trans Am 510 looked the absolute business.