100 Cars That Changed History

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35. Datsun 510 1968-1973 Japan

The Datsun 510, a series of the Datsun Bluebird sold from 1968 to 1973, was released to the U.S. market with the Hitachi downdraft carbureted 1.6L L-series I4 engine, packing 96 hp (72 kW), a top speed of 100 mph. The vehicle featured front disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension, rear-wheel drive, and either a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission. The 510’s body and engineering were inspired by contemporary European sedans, particularly the 1966 BMW 1600. Manufactured by Nissan, the car was offered outside the U.S. and Canada as the Datsun 1600. Known as the ‘poor man’s BMW,’ the 510 brought the European luxury design into a design that was affordable for the average man. That combined with its power made the Datsun 510 a popular automobile.


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