The ’71 Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon is one of the most profound and sought after casting to every Hot Wheels enthusiast. If you haven’t yet notice, it is extremely difficult to come across one on the pegs. I’ve been hunting these cards in the wild and was lucky enough by chance to come across a couple of Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Favorites ’71 Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon in Toy’s R Us, which i’ve gladly scalp all existing stocks. I’ve also seen collectors swapping out the Bluebird wagon from the Hot Wheels Speed Blur 5-Pack sets, just so they can get their hands on one – desperate times call for desperate measures.
What is it?
The ’71 Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon is a station wagon from the Datsun 510 series. The Datsun 510 was a series of the Datsun Bluebird made in Japan between 1968 to 1973, and offered outside the U.S. and Canada as the Datsun 1600 and Nissan Bluebird in Japan. The 510, or ‘Poor Man’s BMW’ as it was nicknamed for it’s BMW-like styling was powered by the Hitachi downdraft carbureted 1.6L L-series I4 engine, with an advertised gross power of 96 hp (72 kW), and a claimed top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h).
A wagon version of the classic Datsun Bluebird 510 sedan, the Bluebird wagon offers more cargo space, bullet-style side-view mirrors and a much roomier passenger compartment than its sedan counterpart. A real 1970s classic, built to last!
JDM Wagon History
As of 2018, the ’71 Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon remains as the only model of station wagon/estate car of Japanese origin produced by Hot Wheels. The casting first came to light in 2013 under the Car Culture series Boulevard, designed by Jun Imai based on his personal car collection, it features a pale turquoise paint, iconic RR5SP red finish wheels, and minor tampos highlighting various key features of the car. Several releases of the ’71 Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon exist till date with a variation in the casting where they come with smooth or mesh texture in the grille.
Malaya Mini Hobby Shop
The Malaya Mini Hobby Shop is a small local store located at the outskirt in Rawang, Selangor. They mainly specialize in hosting Tamiya Mini 4WD competition events, retail Hot Wheels in a premium, and sell other 1/64 collectibles such as Greenlight. There is not much information about the store besides their Facebook page which has been quite inactive.
During it’s 4th Anniversary in 2017, they have decided to collaborate with long time Hot Wheels customizer, Hafiz Othman. Renowned for his intricate work, the commemoration saw the release of 20 custom Datsun 510 series. Available in two variants, the Bluebird 510 sedan and Bluebird 510 wagon. It was a limited run of 10 cars, numbered individually and cased inside an acrylic box.
The ’71 Datsun Bluebird 510 Sedan features a distinctive orange gold spectraflame finish with matching coloured wheels, while the wagon (seen here) features an iconic Beach Bomb spectraflame pink with real riders donut 4-spoke chrome wheels. The tampo finish was originally inspired and replicated from the Hot Wheels 2017 Collector Edition Datsun 510, characterized in Hot Wheels livery, contrast gloss black two tone finish with double stripes sets against the striking chrome paint, it makes the car stand out amongst the crowd of factory finished Datsuns.
I first stumbled across this car while browsing through Amcorp Mall through a reseller store, hesitant to purchase at first sight because it was a custom, a photographic memory of it was captured in my mind and has haunt me ever since. After a couple of weeks, I decided to purchase it, just to get it off my mind and also because due to the rich nature of its characteristics that has made it quite special. I think the creator did a brilliant job in executing the entire concept.