VIDEO: 2011 Nissan Juke vs. 1971 Datsun 510, Dave Coleman's Rally Beater
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In an attempt to reassemble the late great SCC dream team, we have been trying to get Josh Jacquot to write for us for years but he won't. We can hardly blame him though, he writes for the megasite insideline.com as a real job where he gets paid more than the pittance we could offer him. However here is the next best thing. At Insideline, Josh decided to pair up Dave Coleman's rally beater 510 against a late model Nissan Juke in a off road rallycross ish showdown in a story which is something like we would have done back in the day…
Dave's car although ugly is a fully developed and winning rally car. At least the base 510 it has evolved from is a handsome classic, the patina of 40 plus years and 10 years of neglected competition has made the car either ugly or cool depending on what your sense of esthetics is, like a leading man type aging well or a bum lying in a ditch depending on what sort of stuff floats your boat…
The Juke has no excuses. It is sort of appealing to drive but we can't get over looking at it. To us it looks like a toad or maybe something worse. Whoever does the styling of Nissan's small cars of late needs to be kicked in the jimmy and shown the door. When looking at the Sentra, Versa and Juke, it seems like the cars were designed to be especially ugly and unappealing but maybe that's just us.
You might be surprised at the outcome of the evaluation.
Dave's other 510 Rally Beater Stories: