You might have spotted this Datsun 510 sitting outside the TRA Kyoto workshop during the tour I posted earlier today. Despite having visited Miura’s shop countless times, I had actually never seen his Bluebird before – and there is a good reason why. The car has been away receiving some TLC to its exterior in preparation for the fresh set of over-fenders and deep-dish steel wheels that have just been fitted.
Miura has a true love for all things classic and has been wanting to do something with this car for years. While we were outside he decided to fire the car up and move it out onto the street so I could grab a few shots.
Apart from a set of upgraded carbs the engine is still very much stock. But despite warming it up a little, it still only seemed to be running on half of its cylinders.
That’s nothing a quick tune up won’t fix, though. With three cars to finish for this year’s SEMA show, the Datsun is very much a side project for Miura.
And with a whole bunch more cars needed to be completed in time for the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon in January, the little 510 four-door might have to wait just a little bit longer!
What would you like to see Miura do to this car? Wilder fenders? Maybe his signature ducktail trunk spoiler? Regardless of how this particular car ends up turning out, I really hope to see more vintage rides like this getting the TRA Kyoto treatment!
Dino Dalle Carbonare
Its a 4dr so I think it looks perfect with what it has going on currently! A daily driven ripper that looks like fun with up to 3 friends!
I'm going to chime in with the 'do nothing' brigade. Maybe a duck-tail? Maybe a chin? I'd leave the wheels as they are and not paint the overfenders. Refresh/strengthen the motor and maybe squeeze a wee bit more power out of it. Period correct buckets. End of.
i like the way it looks right now! maybe as Dino said a small "rocket bunny-esc" spoiler and maybe a wing mirror delete? engine tidy up, few dress up/refurbished items under the hood and that'll do, such a beautiful car its a shame to change it too much
Put some period correct aero and restore the engine, but that's me, he will probably come up with something crazy Japanese :-)
A tasteful mix of old and new style, eg some modern aero ideas (diffuser, cutaway front guards etc) but in classic materials and fabrication tecniques, like riveted aluminium. And not too wide. I want to someone build a purposeful looking narrow body car for once =P
finally some pics of this car! I wanted to see them since I saw the video you posted months ago! thanks SH ;)
wish these would have survived the Midwest climate. I have seen maybe two or three in the years I have been a Nissan fan.
I like the grittiness of these images; you can almost smell the cigarette ash and burnt engine oil as you view them. It's a bit sad that most of these cars are beauty queens mostly, great looking but lacking the internals.
I was going to comment yesterday on this car and ask why there was no mention of it in the article. I'm glad I kept quiet (which is often the case). Since I just rolled 50k miles on my '69 SR 510 THIS MORNING on the way to work, I'm assuming you're talking directly to me when you asked for opinions of this car (my car is even the same color). I'll say, keep the apearance classic, hesitate before trying to make it look modern. The slight fender flares that are on there now are just right, anything more may start to look silly. The deep and appropriate diameter steelies are right on. Maybe he could model up a front spook with his own KRA-style flare. I applaud him for retaining all of the original brightwork. Keep the inside period with the Bride Histrix seats or better yet a set of real Datsun Competition buckets. Your question was about styling, so I won't comment on powertrain or suspension ideas.
Thanks for featuring this classic Datsun! I'm not alone in the feeling that we need to maintain and appreciate the roots of speedhunting.
Get the engine running smoothly.
Not every car needs its track width doubled... Just saying.
Especially something as nice and stock as this.
Rear camber . . . How was it done, irs swap? Diff cut and welded at an angle? Seems a lot of effort for absolutely no gain.
@JoelAlonso Sorry we tend to keep spotlights to 5 images only :)
@MattAtDoyle Matt...I can guarantee that every car Miura has or has had gets/got driven damn hard!
@Project 350ZTT Uhm now there's an idea...
@Kazumi993 I would assume TRA Kyoto ... ?
@AM81 you mean a body builder...LOL
@AM81 What's a body man?
@markituh121 Haha nice way to put it
@Waxhaw Brad I'll do my best Brad. I have more stuff coming for you...keep an eye out :)
@DesignerD Prego ;)
@777 Datsun Bluebird's had IRS from 67' onwards.
@speedhunters_dino Something like a sick widebody, but with a TRA Kyoto twist to it
@Kazumi993 Not sure I think they are vintage items
o reary, did not know.