For sale is my Datsun 510 Bluebird Wagon from 1973. The car was owned and imported from Australia many years ago by Frank Riddle, a Datsun UK top executive. One of only 2? known left in the UK, it passed the MoT test last weekend and drives very well. This is quite possibly the only chance you will ever get to buy any 510, let alone a RHD Wagon.
I've owned it a number of years but never used it and have always stored it in a dry barn. All necessary welding was done years ago. It needs no welding now. The engine bay was stripped, again some years ago. It was repainted in a Nissan metallic green before the L18 SSS engine and 5-speed dog-leg gearbox was fitted. (For Datsun newbies, L18 = 1800cc 4-pot, SSS = bigger? valve head and twin Hitachi carbs, dog-leg = reverse front left with 1st gear behind it). The engine had a new head gasket a fortnight ago, just in case, and the carbs would benefit from a tune-up. The brake and clutch hydraulic components were renewed a year or so ago when I decided to get the car out. New masters, slaves and rear shoes and the front discs will only get better with use. A modern washer bottle is strapped in place of the original which ran but stopped pumping just before/during the MoT test. Wolfrace slot mags are currently fitted. The exhaust is a craftsman-made full stainless steel item. I had it made in slightly larger bore tubing with slightly smaller silencers and it sounds amazing. Sealed beams have been replaced with halogens.
Inside, it has a beige interior that was never available in the UK. It is all nearly 50 years old and needs some attention. One rear door still has the plywood window which came with the car. I have a glass replacement. Outside, half the exterior was baremetalled and most of it has been primed. The other half is still in the faded, brush-painted mustard I bought the car in. There are some dents and scrapes to deal with as well as a couple of worn hinge pins and so on. All the external brightwork is present though some isn't as bright as it once was. Some parts, eg the rear bumper, haven't yet been refitted. Rubber items, such as door seals and window channels will need to be replaced. I believe everything is now available cheaply from Thailand.
The car is solid, runs and drives really well and has a full new MoT but it is still a bit of a project. I have put the front end panels back on thinking only of minimum requirements for the MoT and I would say it needs to be stripped, fully baremetalled and painted before being carefully rebuilt and the interior sorted. I am very busily self-employed and have no more spare time to spend on the car.
This unique car is available for viewing by appointment just east of Telford in Shropshire. The price is negotiable, within very tight limits as I'm aware of the importance of the car worldwide. I'll be happy to consider a 70s/early 80s 850cc+ Japanese motorcycle in part-ex, possibly an unmolested Nissan Cube. Further, if the new owner is planning an engine swap, I would consider removing the engine/box and reducing the price. Same for the wheels.
Delivery is possible, both UK and worldwide, to any port the UK ships to, anywhere in the world. Happy to make the arrangements and deliver the car to the port of departure, once all purchase, delivery and shipping costs are paid in full. All payments to be by bank transfer, no cash and definitely no Paypal.
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