Lerking around behind some bushes, off in the corner of a parking lot in Victoria, BC I found this gem.
At first glance it looked like some old boxy 4-door family car. As I got closer I picked out that iconic outline of a Datsun 510. Since I was a kid I was in love with this car. It is one of the most simple cars on the road and I think that is what draws me to it. There is no extras, nothing more than what you need and that makes it even more fun.
As I picked over the car I began to notice that this is not your average 510, this one was a little special. I notices the 16×9″ Rota RKR-F wheels with BFGoodrich KDW wrapped around them. But why in the world does an old 510 need this kind of wheel and tire on there?
As I peaked around the car I spotted the owner and went over to talk to him. He told me his dad had bought the car brand new from the dealer when he was a kid and when his pops passed away he decided that it was time to show the car some love. He has been putting this beast together for the past 10 years and it shows. The car is used often but well taken care of. As I travelled around the car I spotted the only defect on the whole car…..it had cancer. Luckily it was relegated to the old North American spec rear bumper bar. He was quick to point out that he had some OE JDM front and rear bumper bars on the way to finish off the car.
As I worked my way out to the front of the car I noticed something out of the ordinary. There as some red silicone couplers visible through the grill. I knew right away that this was one special 510, a fire breathing 510. Under that hood rests a black top SR20 out of the legendary Nissan Silvia giving this little 510 one heck of a power to weight ratio.
Through that dark tint I spotted another piece of awesome. A full roll cage was installed in the car. Custom built for this car allowing use of the rear seats of the car for moving the kids around. I dont know about you but I would have died and gone to heaven if my dad drove me around in a SR20 powered Datsun 510.
I left this one right where I found it. Hiding off in the corner of a parking lot in Victoria. The last place I would look for such a car.
1969 Datus 510 Sedan
S15 Black Top SR20DET engine
S15 6 speed transmission
Custom Exhaust system
ROTA RKR-F 16×9″ wheels
BFGoodrick KDW Tires
Custom Coilover setup
Wilwood Big Brakes
Custom Roll Cage