Datsun 610 retires to the scrapyard

I went scrapyard shopping for a Datsun 210 transmission without luck but I did come across a 610 station wagon. This particular example is a 1973 model with a 1.8L L-series inline four cylinder engine and three speed automatic transmission. Although the 610 outsold its predecessor, the 510, it is a rare sight today as it doesn’t have the same enthusiast following of the 510 despite inheriting the 510’s mechanicals. Like the 510 the 610 had independent rear suspension except on the station like this one which has a live rear axle and leaf springs. Known overseas as the Bluebird-U or 160B / 180B the car was heavier than the 510 and thus less sporty.

1973 Datsun 610 station wagon

This example looks to have been someone’s project before they gave up. The body work was started and alloy wheels added (from a Mitsubishi based Dodge Charger?). Shame as the car seemed quite solid and complete.

1973 Datsun 610 station wagon badge 1973 Datsun 610 station wagon interior 1973 Datsun 610 station wagon engine 1973 Datsun 610 station wagon

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4 Responses to Datsun 610 retires to the scrapyard

  1. Donald Broz says:

    What is the city and name of the junkyard where the Datsun 610 Stationwagon is? Please reply to broz@pacbell.net. Thanks!

    Don

  2. Laura says:

    I bought a Datsun 610 wagon in 1974. Great drive and it had a secret. Datsun had used the engine out of the 240Z with tuned exhaust!! I believe the 610 was the only stock wagon with tuned exhaust in history!
    The exhaust gave a noticeable surge in power between 60 and 65 MPH. A disadvantage was when going uphill at 65. If forced to slow below 60 there would not be enough power to regain 65 again.
    If you find another be sure to take a picture of the exhaust piping, you will be amazed.
    Laura

  3. Hector Acosta says:

    I need parts in Florida for a 73 610 Wagon

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