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Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
Oct 10, 2002 (9:02 pm)
There was a great image car if nothing else, at least for the enthusiasts (maybe only for the enthusiasts, given Mazda's failure to penetrate the mainstream market).
I can't think of another interesting Japanese sedan from that period. Well, the 510. Name another.
Oct 10, 2002 (9:44 pm)
Hmmm...interesting Japanese cars from the 70s? Not much to choose from. Let's see:
Nissan Patrol 4X4
Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
Some might say the Datsun 1600 Fairlady and 2000 Roadster as well but I'm not sure either one was very interesting to drive or look at. A coin toss on those two.
#293 of 310 I saw an article in Turbo magazine
Oct 10, 2002 (11:03 pm)
with a Mazda RX3 with a modern wankel transplant from a 2000 RX7, straight from Japan. Looked very interesting.
#294 of 310 Does anyone else remember...
Oct 11, 2002 (9:50 am)
How those early rotaries would backfire!
All you had to do was let off the gas under the right circumstances.
Sometimes they would emit a HUGE LOUD backfire after being parked for a few minutes. I remember something about raw gas slowling dripping into what looked like a small blast furnace they had.
After a few minutes...KABOOM! This was really bad if you had come home from work, parked the car in your garage and were sipping a cold one.
I was once in a shop when an RX3 that was up in the air having it's oil changed suddenly backfired! We ran for cover...thought a bomb had gone off!
#295 of 310 hooray for Datsun 510
Oct 12, 2002 (3:30 pm)
My parents had one (a '71 two-door 4-speed, orange with black vinyl interior). Apparently a fun car to drive, but pretty rust-prone and not all that durable (it was dead within seven years, but then I have to remember that my parents were 22 when they bought it, drove fairly aggressively, then gave it to my sixteen year-old uncle).
Oct 12, 2002 (4:08 pm)
Neither the RX-3 or many Datsun 510s have survived. Both are a rare sight in decent condition. I agree, the 510 was a better car, and the coupe was very popular, and IS still very popular, in SCCA racing.
May 30, 2006 (4:24 am)
got my son a '71 dart swinger last year...was running but i've already sunk over $1,000 in repairs to date and the sucker won't start again...worth fixing? selling "as is"?...donate to charity?...also, if anyone knows of a good, cheap mechanic in the d.c. area who works on these types of cars, drop me a line....thanks!
#298 of 310 Re: '71 dart [kosarin]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 30, 2006 (9:38 am)
We're already talking about this in another topic, so we'll see you in the "Dodge Dart/Plymouth Valiant" department.
Try not to duplicate your posts next time and THANKS!
Shifty the Host
#299 of 310 Anyone got a Caddy CONVERTIBLE here?
Jul 04, 2006 (9:17 am)
............ other than me?
#300 of 310 Re: 86 Chrysler LeBaron Conv. info?? [wzulauf36]
Aug 05, 2006 (9:18 pm)
I also have an 86 Lebaron convertible, 2.2 liter (non-turbo). I believe these cars are not considered collectibles at this time but there is some interest in this car. See the attached link for further info.