Adam Carolla’s Bob Sharp Datsun 610 Racer

Many of you know that squawky-voiced celebrity Adam Carolla has a penchant for Datsuns, owning a 510 BRE street replica as well as a Fairlady Roadster race car. You’d think that it qualifies him to be the celebrity spokesman for Datsuns, to defend and extol them to the unwashed masses.

On a recent video, Carolla presents a genuine Bob Sharp Datsun 610 race car to his audience. At first, Carolla seems to be enthusiastic about the car, teaching the co-host a thing or two about Datsuns. Unfortunately, Carolla soon takes on a snide tone and says some not-so-nice things about this venerable rig at the 3:49 mark.

See the vid after the jump. Watch it all the way through and decide for yourself if Carolla is being uplifting or derogatory:

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19 Responses to Adam Carolla’s Bob Sharp Datsun 610 Racer

  1. Cycletech says:

    Adam Corolla is a tool. Cool car and he bashes it. Jay Leno he’s not.

  2. OkieRA29 says:

    I really, really, really, REALLY hope this is not an outtake from the new ‘American’ Top Gear. If so, the show is doomed already.

  3. BlownArrow! says:

    naa… I don’t think he was knocking the brand or the 610. I think he was trying to make a point, That when it was first out it was the least expensive of the datsuns and on the street it wasn’t a stand out. Granted he FAILED badly at making that point, But in his defense: Don’t all comic sound like Asses when being serious!?

    just my $.02 😛

  4. GEN2TWINCAM says:

    Never heard of him. Not surprising.

  5. will says:

    Nice car. BTW Adam Corrolla always finds the negative in everything, even the things he loves.

  6. matt says:

    note: not sure if he actually owns the car

  7. Moisabamf says:

    seriously, “ummm…..i think its a 2 litre….oh wait it says 1795CC, but it cant be a 1.8, so im going to guess 2 litre….”

    and”these are mikuni carbs….”
    “my mistake, theyr solexes, but its not like anyone can tell the difference”
    its like he read the Wikipedia article on the car right before the show

  8. beeoneoneoh says:

    The guys a mad douche and has to much money, doesn’t belong around cars.

  9. DIASISS says:

    omg! at least he didnt diss the Z31 300ZX…

  10. andy says:

    I don’t know who he is but that is a beautiful car.

    Not sure that he is being derogatory, rather he is being honest. In the day all Datsuns were comparably very cheap, this being the only way to tempt a misinformed and skeptical foreign public.

    Outside of race trim the 610 is also a fairly underwhelming car (thats what it was designed as) although now very, very cool.

    Don’t take it as a slight.

  11. Brad D. (TSiSS350) says:

    I think he is an honest to goodness car guy. He has tons of cars, all of them cool. If I had as many as he does I am sure I would mess up the facts every now and again on each one. I think his kinda stupid stage persona is what makes him sound the way he does in this clip.
    Also for what it is worth…..a 610 is ugly and cheap, thats what makes it so cool now though! Its different and there are not many left, if it was pretty and expensive it would not be nearly as unique.

  12. slickwrick says:

    that was sweet!!!

  13. Ben says:

    I’m gonna have to back Matt up on this one. There are ways to explain misconceptions without saying “crackerjack,” a common term of derision/dismissal for Datsuns and other J-tin of the day. Jay Leno did it right talking about his Honda SM600: “If this thing had a Porsche badge it’d be worth $250,000, but because it has a Honda badge, it’s worth 1/10th that.” Carolla may be a car guy but is he a Datsun guy?

  14. vballin says:

    why does he know nothing about his own car??

  15. bonvo says:

    why does he own this car he nos nothing about the history behind it

  16. banpei says:

    Funny that eveybody except Ben spells his name “Corolla”! 😀

    Maybe he watched an episode of Top Gear too many and thought it would be great to do the same? 🙁

  17. Lincoln Stax says:

    Meh. It’s nothing to get worked up about. Adam Carolla is a car guy, and he must be a Datsun guy or why else would he own at least three of them? What he says about the civilian 610 is nothing for anyone to get their panties in a twist about. While Adam gets his car facts a bit mixed up, his co-host seems to be completely out of his element standing in front of a camera.

  18. datsunfreak says:

    “I think he was trying to make a point, That when it was first out it was the least expensive of the datsuns ”

    But he’s wrong. It was in the middle of the line-up with at least 4-5 models being sold cheaper.

  19. S30ZG says:

    Good thing they canceled American Top Gear.

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