1972 Datsun 510

There were very few changes to the Datsun 510 for the 1972 model year. Bodystyles included a 2- and 4-door sedan, and a 4-door station wagon with seating for five passengers. Power remained the same from overhead-cam four-cylinder engine offering nearly 100 horsepower from the 97.3 CID unit. A four-speed manual was standard and there were disc brakes in the front and drums in the rear. A three-speed automatic was available. Perhaps the most noticeable change to the 510 for 1972 was the price, which increased roughly $300 over the 1971 models, to $2300 for the 2-door sedan. The sedan sold for $2,450 while the wagon was priced at $2,650 (around $500 more than the prior year).

The Connecticut-based Bob Sharp Racing modified three Datsun 510s to contest the 1972 SCCA Championship season. Shared earned his second B Sedan national title that year and his teammate Jim Fitzgerald finished third.

John Morton would drive the Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) Datsun 510 to two SCCA Trans-Am series championship victories in 1971 and 1972, bringing an end to Alfa Romeo's rein on the Under 2.0 Liter Trans-Am Championship. The number 46 car raced 19 times in period races, and was the pole sitter in 16 of those races, of which it won 12 races overall.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2019

Related Reading : Datsun 510 History

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1972 Datsun 510 vehicle information

Sedan

First introduced in 1968, the Datsun 510 offered an attractive, economical, fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive 5-passenger sedan. Yutaka Katayama, the legendary 'Mr. K' of Datsun 240Z fame, pushed Nissan designers and engineers in Japan to create an everyd....[continue reading]

1972 Datsun 510 vehicle information

Sedan

This is one of three Datsun 510s built by Bob Sharp Racing, and is the car that won the 1972 SCCA National Championship with Bob Sharp driving. The other two 510s were driven by Paul Newman and Jim Fitzgerald. While qualifying at the SCCA 'runoffs' a....[continue reading]

1972 Datsun 510 vehicle information

Sedan

One of three Danstun 510s built by Connecticut-based Bob Sharp Racing for the 1972 SCCA championship season. Sharp scored his second B Sedan national title and teammate Jim 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald was third that year with this car that wore the number '38....[continue reading]

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1972 510
$2,655-$500,000
1972 Datsun 510 Price Range: $2,305 - $2,655

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Datsun
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)488,217
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)270,103
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)259,842
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)185,155
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)231,191
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)268,666
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)185,155
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)104,067
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)58,467
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)58,467
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)45,496

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