VIDEO: Jay Leno’s Garage Gets Down with a Custom Datsun 510

Jay Leno Datsun 510

A car nut can’t get much better a gig than working for Jay Leno. And once you finish building your custom Datsun 510, like Tonight Show prop master Greg Elliot, the boss man himself might even feature it on his web series and pour heaps of praise upon it.

Leno calls the Voodoo Blue Bluebird “one of the most iconic sports sedans of the early Seventies” and more fun to drive than a modern BMW 3-series. However, his highest acclaim is  reserved for when he names it “the ’57 Chevy of the future,” encouraging collectors to snap them up because they’ll never go down in value from this point onward. So, JNCers, if you’ve been holding off on that 510 project, better get one while you can.

This post is filed under: nissan, Video and
tagged: , , , , .

7 Responses to VIDEO: Jay Leno’s Garage Gets Down with a Custom Datsun 510

  1. Dan says:

    Just sold mine 🙁

  2. James Bock says:

    Hey Greg thanks for having Jay show off your wonderful 510. I love it along with many other J-tin enthusiasts. To answer your question Jay about Datsun, it is kind of confusing, I do know that the company started out as DAT, which was the initials of the founding members, and they were later know as Datson. Later they changed the “o” to the “u” because of connotation of son in their respective language. I have heard rumor of them bringing back the Datsun logo for their cars, time will tell. Also can you please have a episode on a Toyota S800, I have 2 of them and always want the rest of the world to know about them.

  3. Carlos says:

    Its not all nissan, kept bugging me that he says that. Those are 92-95 honda civic seats and the arm rest/ shifter covers is from the 92-95 civic as well. but the car does look fresh. I like that idea for the shifter cover.

  4. Dutch 1960 says:

    More posts like this one please!

    Love those old timey Datsun engine sounds.

  5. 510 fan says:

    Thanks for featuring the favorite car I ever owned. Mine was a ’73, built just before the line was discontinued. It had a few extra horsepower than the earlier years, which made a difference on a car that barely weighs 2,100 pounds. Ride and handling benefited from the rear differential being mounted to the chassis via a transverse leaf spring, which really helped the independent trailing arms in the corners. The Datsun name was not a US only deal – there had been Datsuns sold long before they came over here. The 510 was such a great car because of its stout, yet lightweight body. Nissan scored big time when they acquired the Prince motor company in 1966 and learned their secrets of building light and strong race cars. I paid $2450 for mine and drove it 11 years.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *