THE OLDEST 510

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THE OLDEST 510

Postby Byron510 » 10 May 2010 22:11

So post your oldest 510 here. Support it with actual photos of the firewall stamping. As any seasoned 68 510 owners will know, the 68's (at least in my neck of the woods) didn't have VIN number plates on the door jamb stating the month of their build. Only the VIN# stamped in the firewall, and on a plate under the hood. The very late 68's got a VIN number on the dash, however the early ones may not have (no spot for them). According to some information collected by UFO owners in the 80's, up to VIN# 40010 should be a 68 - let's collaborate this.

I'd be really curious about the American cars, as the US market 68's were unique 2 or 4 drs cars (no one else got the 2 dr model in 68) - post any 68 510, lets see the range. If it had the opposing wipers, and the small tail lights, it's a 68.

Also 68 wagons - Rich, you are likely the only 68 wagon owner locally, Jeff you had one - lets post the WPL numbers.

So, post what you have, or have found.

PL510

000082 spriso (Australian car - 4dr?)
000308 4dr MikeY
000311 icehouse (4dr?)
000444 4dr Byron510
000571 datzenmike (4dr?)
000900 Spriso
000567 4dr dislexicdime
002015 4dr merlin
004837 4dr butters68
006062 4dr Byron510
023165 2dr two_68_510s
026215 4dr Byron510
034091 4dr Betty M (Byron510)
028304 2dr two_68_510s
032978 2dr Dave Patton


WPL510
815309 rnorrish

VPL510
001575 4rd MK510 (1970 1600 Van)

L510

005174 4dr Byron510

Other mentions;

000187 broke - NZ car but registered as a 1972 - very odd as hundreds of thousands would have been produced by then. Car has not been altered so maybe a different or separate numbering system. Is it possible that it's the 187'th car sold in NZ ?


Also, data posted by Dave Patton - more good information from what appears to an old UFO reports era;

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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby Byron510 » 10 May 2010 22:21

VIN PL510 000444

Here is a car I found in Chilliwack a couple years ago with Jason - we didn’t get to buy the car (we were out bid). It was pretty rusty, and its whereabouts is now unknown. So it may not qualify as a true existing car any more.

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The regi
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The original owners card from Rotory Motors in Vancouver!!!
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The car was stuffed in a tiny garage...
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And had really low milage
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby jason » 10 May 2010 22:27

Byron, I think Alveen bought this one and it's probably not going to survive ....
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby Byron510 » 10 May 2010 22:42

VIN# L510 0005174

The Guatemalan Taxi as it was formally known - I call it 'Ole Blue'
She's not near as old, but still up there.
Note that this is not a PL510 - its a L510 (edit-RN)
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My daughter driving last summer in New West - you can see the column shift 3 speed and the clutch pedal visible
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Butt shot...
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby Byron510 » 10 May 2010 22:58

VIN # PL510 006062

This was my second 68, and was likely my favorite all time driving 510.
I don't have records of the VIN in photos, but I was an original 4 speed car, I did a fairly good restoration on it. The car still survives up in the Sechelt area, but its condition is known as I have not seen the car in nearly 10 years.
This was the nicest highway driving 510 I’ve ever built, and highway driving I did!
A stop on the way home from Shasta about 1995 or 6 – Crater Lake OR
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Jasper National Park on a midsummer sunrise – about 4 am (it’s pretty far north for you southern types – summer days get long!. I was only 3 hours into a 14 hour drive home to Vancouver from Edmonton, but the skyline was gorgeous that morning.
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Getting’ to know the locals – Drumheller AB
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I couldn’t resist – Victoria BC about 1994 or 5
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Low in the snow – I rolled it out to take this pic on the grass, then rolled it back into its nice heated garage!
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby Byron510 » 10 May 2010 23:09

VIN# PL510 034091

This car is sold now and last I heard on it’s way to California, but had belonged to Betty M of Vancouver – she was the original owner until earlier this year! It’s an original 4spd car, and a survivor at 39 000 original miles.
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Brand new, taxes in - $2166 from White Spot Datsun in Vancouver!
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby rnorrish » 11 May 2010 01:26

the yellow wagon hiding in chilliwack is WPL510 815309, and is currently registered as a 1969 1600.

I believe the wagons started at 800000. Estimating, mine was made between May and July '68.
The front seat belts in the car were made in each of those months - two different sets.
So it's hard to say when, really... and there are no original rears. In fact, I wonder if there was any installed at the factory...

The car only has the engraved VIN on the fire wall - no other plates or numbers anywhere.

the mileage is pretty low... I'll have to check the number and add it later. but it still had an original spare (bias-ply anyways), seats and door cards and dash are great, floors are solid...

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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby icehouse » 11 May 2010 09:14

I don't have a pic of the vin but I will edit post at a later date and add it. It has the wrong hubcaps for the year but sure looks awesome!

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it's like number 1100 or something, the seatbelts say 67 on them.
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby merlin » 11 May 2010 17:16

Number 2015.. old pic, currently under rebuild in my garage...
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby two_68_510s » 11 May 2010 17:24

merlin wrote:Number 2015.. old pic, currently under rebuild in my garage...
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby MikeY » 11 May 2010 19:00

sorry no pic but i still have 000308 at home waiting for a major overhaul. it would make bad granny look like a calif car.

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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby spriso » 11 May 2010 20:51

I pulled the data plate off of PL510-000900 and a few other parts minutes before it was fed into the crusher about 20-years ago. A crashed, faded, and well used red 4-door, it was still a shame to see it die...

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At least parts of it live on in other 510s!

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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby jason » 11 May 2010 23:41

Byron510 wrote:VIN PL510 000444

Here is a car I found in Chilliwack a couple years ago with Jason - we didn’t get to buy the car (we were out bid). It was pretty rusty, and its whereabouts is now unknown. So it may not qualify as a true existing car any more.

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The regi
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The original owners card from Rotory Motors in Vancouver!!!
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The car was stuffed in a tiny garage...
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And had really low milage
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I was right, Alveen has this car and it's coming up for sale with another '68 4 door as a package ....
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby two_68_510s » 12 May 2010 00:03

My blue (turquoise) '68
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Close up of VIN


Definitely not the oldest
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Re: THE OLDEST 510

Postby dislexicdime » 12 May 2010 06:51

I don't have a pic of. The vin but the 68 I just sold was 000567
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i need another garage mine is full of part's


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