Kidney, Anyone? One-Owner 1972 Datsun 510

The neverending assault on our internal organs just keeps on coming this week. This Vancouver, BC ’72 Datsun 510 (see Craigslist ad here) has had one owner, a 77-year-old man who is now looking to pass his baby onto a younger caretaker. The mileage is high, at 129,000, but the owner claims it’s mint enough to sweep 44 First Place or Best in Show awards out of 44 shows entered, even beating out a Mercedes gullwing and E-Type Jag at some Concours event.

The only thing holding this blue Bluebird back is its slushbox, but the dictionary-sized stack of maintenance records from “day one” and turnkey condition must be worth something. And that something is $15,000 in the seller’s mind.

A bone stock 510 is a rare bird indeed. But is it 15 grand rare? What say you, readers?

[via BaT]

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6 Responses to Kidney, Anyone? One-Owner 1972 Datsun 510

  1. bert says:

    I saw this the other day, and I must say that sometimes the best cars are ones that have been driven hard and put away wet! The owner of this car had OCD or something when it came to his ride and I would have no qualms about owning a car like this. I do kind of worry about the really low mileage vehicles that aren’t driven enough and may have some uderlying issues. Several years ago I had a 78 Malibu with 60,000 miles on it that had sat for a couple years. Three days after I bought it all the gaskets blew!
    But this car has had regular maintenance, and a foot thick book of records, it’s going to be a good car for someone for many years still. (if they take care of it religously)

  2. Jeremy says:

    Wow, what a car. By the way, what’s a slushbox?

  3. Bob says:

    Slushbox=automatic transmission.

    Very nice 510, but the price seems excessive. And it’s not the sort of car for someone like me who wouldn’t want to leave it stock.

    Methinks he should donate it to the Datsun Museum :goodidea:

  4. RX-2Fan says:

    Yeah that should totaly be in the Dastun Museum.

  5. JayBird says:

    AMAZING find. There’s a few knocks against it that make it worth less to the average buyer though.

    Minuses: The Automatic, the four doors, the high-ish mileage.
    Pluses: Immaculate service record, a true one owner car, rarer color.

    I would argue that 15K is a little high, particularly in most circles, but it’s not off by much. I would say 11.5-12.5k is a good, reasonable price point for this one, if he expects it to sell.

    At the end of the day, there’s a difference in value and cost. What it’s worth, and what it will sell for are two totally different animals.

  6. Jaime says:

    This car is great. If I am not mistaken I saw this car at Shasta 2003. This car is priced right, for those that can see beyond flashy candy apple colors and corny large diametre chromed wheels.

    A few years down the road this car is going to cost a fortune, now that appreciation for japanese classic cars is growing.

    Like with true classics, unmolested cars with pristine records have a lot more value than modified cars with barbie doll corny looks.

    A good car in great conditioon is worth. This car has the added value of records and a single owner.

    Today’s economy makes this car difficult to purchase for most of us, but remember there are Jay Lenos and Adam Carollas amongst others out there showing that big time markets are getting interested in classic japanese cars.

    This gentleman should try contacting Jay Lenos reps, it would be great for such a car to fall in the hands of a great car guy that would give this car its due place.

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