The Newest '73 510

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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby andrew.lori » 05 Jul 2011 06:55

Another 1973 # . I found this Vin "Under" the vin on my Rally car ??? I guess it’s not the car I thought it was. The previous Owner did a little paperwork doctoring.
Please Correct me if I am Wrong but 410.... is 1973 correct ??
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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby Byron510 » 05 Jul 2011 22:49

Andrew - hard to say, does it have the correct back lit switches and center gauge panel?
According to this site, PL510's started at 423000.

http://www.datsunhistory.com/datsunbynumbers.html

Which makes mi 73 one of the earlier examples of a 73 car. If this is right, then 410XXX would be 1972.

But figures are hard to get - what does your car have?

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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby amwalker » 22 Jan 2013 19:16

Dragging this one up from the trenches at the request of bertvorgon, my 73' has a serial number of 430694. I'll get a picture of the data plate this weekend.

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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby bertvorgon » 23 Jan 2013 05:26

Good, I'm still winning then.....I have yet to see my cheque though.....
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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby Byron510 » 16 May 2016 09:48

bertvorgon wrote:After reading the Japanese Nostalgic article, it makes me think that in Canada, we might have been the only ones that got a true, made in 1973 car. As Vancouver was a port of entry, for major distribution, we got the last of the production run?! Who knows.

Next winter, I would like to compile an updated list, if we could get everyone to post up their serial numbers. With this we might be able to get a sense of distribution. I get that lots of cars have been displaced from their original sale point but at least we can see where most numbers are now for posterity.

I'm going to bookmark this thread, thanks for kicking it up again Byron, and will revisit in the fall when I have more time.

Feel free to post up as we go though, get a jump on it.

I do know I am second owner on my car, from a registered Vancouver woman, so I know it did start here. It had very low miles on it when I got it in 1978 and even now, it only has 93,769 MILES on it.

To be continued.....



Taking this out of Davids build thread and into it's own related topic...

I updated the info from Davids project in the first port in this thread. Certainly David's car is up there in production numbers, as all of the MY 73 cars were.
Keith, the US definitely got the '73 MY cars, as only a few in this list are Canadian. However the top two - yours and Chris's cars are the only ones actually made in 1973. Who knows, it is possible that the last load of Datsun 2dr was unloaded here at Annaciss Island fro distribution in Canada, with the US getting the Newest, Latest Greatest 610 and 710 models that replaced the 510. There certainly were a lot more 610/710 coupes and sedans stateside than we seemed to have seen here in Canada. This being said, I do knwo that both the 610's and 710's were in Canada with the early, non high impact massive bumpers. However there were few, if any changes made to the 510 that I'm aware of between all of the '73 MY cars. My car is the oldest on this list as a MY '73, but i am sure there must be more of them out there.

Those differences incorporated into the MY '73 cars were;

All MY '73 cars were 2 dr's
Back lit heater controls
Fiber Optic lit headlight/Wiper knobs
Large Rubber blocks on the front and rear bumpers
Front bumper was heavier/reinforced with different gauge bumper mounts
DR's/Pass side door side impact beams/reinforcement

To be confirmed, by my observation only;
There were a few optional colors like the lime green which were '73 only - mine was this colour
I also believe that all '73 MY cars had either white or black interiors only - no brown, red or tan interior colours

As Kieth mentioned, lets keep this thread going. If there are more cars out there that need ot be on this list, it would be great to have it compiled. It's been a while since this thread was bumped.

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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby bertvorgon » 16 May 2016 16:41

how bout this:

serial number...year stated....name....location (Optional of course )

keep'em coming and we will compile as an on going thread.
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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby 510wizard » 17 May 2016 10:35

Here's mine serial # 427419...production date 11/72...Cherry red... Monte...Reno/NV, original owner.

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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby two_68_510s » 17 May 2016 10:49

510wizard wrote:... Monte...Reno/NV, original owner.


WOW, bought in early 73?? Amazing, never knew an original owner.

(Believe it or not I still need to balance one rod, what a slacker I am)
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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby 510wizard » 17 May 2016 11:22

two_68_510s wrote:
510wizard wrote:... Monte...Reno/NV, original owner.


WOW, bought in early 73?? Amazing, never knew an original owner.

(Believe it or not I still need to balance one rod, what a slacker I am)


Hey no problem.

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Still looks pretty good after all these years, still has original paint, but there is some dings/scratches ( did some stupid stuff when I was young), but no rust. Helps to be in Nevada all its time.
A little story, I had purchased a new PL620 truck in June of 1973 after graduation from high school. I also had my eye on the 510's, but decided to purchase the truck instead. Around the end of 1973, the sales man from the Datsun dealer called me and said that the new 610 was coming out and that if I wanted a 510 I better get one because they were going to discontinue them. So before college I had two Datsun's, which I have had since new, a long time in this game.

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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby bertvorgon » 19 May 2016 07:39

To date;

PL510… MM YY Handle

433928 1 1973 Bertvorgon
433722 1 1973 joker72z
431958 12 1972 yenpit
431602 1 1973 carrman
431455 12 1972 prowrench240
430706 12 1972 t-lane
430694 amwalker
429776 12 1972 joker72z
427433 12 1972 chachdat510
427419 11 1972 510Wizard
426590 sinnful
426017 MikeY
425945 11 1972 thisismatt
424481 10 1972 ctdavid73510
423435 9 1972 Byron510




As we can see, after reading the thread the 430706 car was sold, so I will tidy that up to the current owner.

Lets get those numbers in!
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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby bertvorgon » 19 May 2016 11:10

WOW.....I'm having trouble keeping up with the number entry......
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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby Byron510 » 01 Dec 2016 22:11

Updated your "slightly rusted" 73 into the official list on page 1 Mike under Bertvorgons post :-)

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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby ssjanz » 01 Jan 2017 19:09

Here are 2 pictures of my VIN plate on the doorjamb:

Build date: 1/73
VIN 434039
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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby bertvorgon » 02 Jan 2017 06:04

That's really cool, 111 cars behind mine, I bet we both rolled off the assembly line in the same day.

This coming May will be the 60th anniversary of the KNOX MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB in Kelowna. It would be neat if you drove down and met us there for the day, as a bunch of us hope to be there with our 510's, as some of us used to run that hillclimb. Only an hour and a half for you.

Also a car show in Penticton in June that I am trying to plan for also.
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Re: The Newest '73 510

Postby ssjanz » 02 Jan 2017 13:11

Yup - that is really cool - likely did role off the line close to yours.

I'll do my best to be at Knox Hill... I was there a few years back with one of my other (previous) 510s. Penticton would be an easy one too!


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