You need this: A pair of “retired” Datsun 510 IMSA race cars

By Colin Wood
Sep 20, 2023 | Datsun, IMSA, Datsun 510, 510, Cars For Sale

Photography Courtesy Bill Stricklin / Facebook Marketplace

What’s better than one Datsun 510 race car? How about two?

Billed as retired IMSA race cars, the two 510s are accompanied by a new racing engine, a backup engine and “too many parts to list.”

Located in Polk City, Florida, the whole lot can be yours for $7000.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/20/23 12:32 p.m.

If anyone has more information about the history of these two cars, please share.

It might not be significant, but any car with period racing history in IMSA is pretty rad in my book.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/20/23 12:43 p.m.

Yeah, I’d love to know more about these. I spent a few minutes looking online but couldn’t find anything. (Guess calling the seller is/was always an option.)

Tom1200 PowerDork
9/20/23 2:55 p.m.

If they even have a small amount of race history and one possess the ability to get them going then that's a steal.

If you don't have the ability plan on spending about 30-40K.


L5wolvesf Dork
9/20/23 3:15 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

 (Guess calling the seller is/was always an option.)

Did IMSA have car log books like SCCA? If it also ran SCCA there should be a log book.

racerfink UberDork
9/20/23 4:02 p.m.

More than likely IMSA Radial Sedan class cars.

racerfink UberDork
9/20/23 4:06 p.m.

Looking at that first pic, you can just make out the RS on the IMSA class decal.  Also, Radial Sedan became the Champion Spark Plug Challenge later on, and that Champion decal just below the IMSA sticker would be just about where the rules required it to be.

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
9/20/23 4:35 p.m.

I going to look at a 240z roller this weekend.

rustomatic HalfDork
9/20/23 7:51 p.m.

Um, world-ending rust?  That might be somewhat of a "value" defeat.  I dig me a good 510, but ain't no comeback from that level of decay . . .

alfadriver MegaDork
9/20/23 8:32 p.m.
racerfink said:

More than likely IMSA Radial Sedan class cars.

I was going to suggest the same thing- and the series spawned a legendary Alfa- the TI Talledega. Which was basically a GTA that looked like a Giulia TI.

Tom1200 PowerDork
9/20/23 8:55 p.m.

I've seen 510s with more rust than that restored.

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