The Shakotan 510

As you saw during my “Photo Attack” last week, the JCCA New Year Meeting is the mecca of vintage Japanese car culture. With so many amazing vehicles gathered in one place, picking favorites is nearly impossible. Even so, there were still a few cars which made a big impression on me, and one of them was this tidy little four door 510 Bluebird.

Compared to many of the cars that gathered in Odaiba, this one was quite mild. But sometimes mild is best, and what this car lacked in aggressive aero parts and coloring it made up for with an unbelievably aggressive stance. For starters, it was dropped low. About as low I’ve ever seen a 510 chassis go, with its underside nearly touching the ground.

And then there’s the wheels. Not just any wheels, but an extremely rare set of 14″ Takechi Project Racing Harts. The fenders have been modified extensively to fit the wheels, but the body work has been done so well that it looks completely natural.

Besides the unreal stance, the rest of the car was nearly stock. Check the out the tiny little muffler for example – very restrained. The interior of the car was equally simple with low back bucket seats and a Datsun option steering wheel.

This 510 wasn’t the most exotic or the rarest car at the JCCA New Year Meeting, but for me it was one of the most memorable. Given the company that it was in, that’s saying quite a bit.

-Mike


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32 comments
d4nte
d4nte

damn man this thing looks retarded...please raise it up!!!

Corey K
Corey K

Raise it an inch-and-a-half and it'd be perfect in my eyes.

otar
otar

datsuns are always made with so much style! I love it.

MikeYee
MikeYee

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koko san
koko san

nice car..camber looks rather silly in my opinion. What about starting to use motorbike tires for more camber? :-p

JDMized
JDMized

"For starters, it was dropped low"

REALLY? I couldn't figure it out myself! I was scratching my head, looking at this car, I couldn't figure out what was different from other 510's! Thanks for stating the obvious. YES, it looks low, because it is low!

Frozzy
Frozzy

Looks subtle and clean like the Acura Legend posted by Sean a week ago? 

...and people flamed the crap out of that car/post because? Just wondering 

KE20
KE20

Guard work is a bit over the top for me but still a nice car 

kristian54
kristian54

why's them front tyre fitted backwards (o.0)

Henry
Henry

Rad. I'm feelin this

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

is it me or does some of the desktops not work?!

VecTT
VecTT

Old school ride, just what's suppossed to be, me likes.

Sam
Sam

You guys always call them 510's, it's like calling all S13' and 180's 240SX's. Outside of the US and Canada they were known as the 1300, 1500, 1600 and the bluebird. Just a little pet peeve of mine.

Rotary
Rotary

I normally don't like the cars with a huge amount of negative camber but this car looks great. I don't see this car as a race car, or car driven fast but a nice cruiser to show off on the weekends. I say that, but for all i know this car gets stuck on driveways and has to go around speed bumps which would take a little of the fun out of it for the driver.

Armco
Armco

@jake laird - er... here we go again on the 'subjectivity' issue (or 'lets send abuse via interweb issue)

jzx81
jzx81

I like this. Lowered and subtle.

(No more is needed).

Riffs
Riffs

@JDMized I know right, I don't even know why he bothered mentioning the wheels or the muffler either, clearly just stating the obvious. Why even have words?

777
777

 @Frozzy this got 5 pictures, the other one got a full feature and an interview with the owner, and even with the little bits done to it, it still has more work put in to it than that legend, is a rarer car, and looks better (subjective)

Mike Garrett
Mike Garrett moderator

@Sam Actually, "510" is part of the chassis code for this model. Even in Japan they are referred to as "510 Bluebird" or "510 Blue".

uKENinam
uKENinam

Didn't you know this was an American website?

shieldsyo
shieldsyo

@Sam Can't help where we're from man...On subject though, can't wait until I can find a 510 or 270...

JDMized
JDMized

Jake, I love you!

 

jules
jules

lol

 

Katayama designed the 510? o...k....

lalandeusse
lalandeusse

most hilarious comment i've read on speedhunters thus far.

shieldsyo
shieldsyo

@jake Laird Did google translate that for you buddy? I think the owner should lower it juuuuuust a little bit more.

KE20
KE20

 @Mike Garrett  @Sam yep in oz they are datsun 1600's but plenty of people refer to them as 510's


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