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Nissan Restoration Club Bringing Safari Rally Z Back to Life

It won the East African Safari Rally in 1971 and 1973

 
 
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The Safari Rally Z won the 1971 and 1973 East Africa Safari Rally

Japanese automakers took over rallying in the 90s and won the manufactures’ championship from 1993 to 1999, but before that it had mixed success that previewed future success.

In the 70s, NissanNissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present159 models
7234 photos
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entered a specially prepared 240Z240Z RallyDatsun 240Z RallyJapan, 1972 > 19743 photos
into the World Rally Championship and won twice, both at the East African Safari Rally in 1971 and 1973. In 1971, the car took first and second places in the rally. It uses a tuned version of Nissan’s L24 2.4-liter inline six engine that produces 215hp. In comparison, the 240Z240ZDatsun 240ZJapan, 1969 > 19745 versions
24 photos
road car has 150hp from the same 2.4-liter engine.

"The car had basically been left in original condition after its last rally, with dents and creases in bumpers and bodywork," said Nissan spokesperson Steve Yaeger.

The Nissan and the Nissan Restoration Club are partnering to restore the winning car from 1971 to its racing glory. Nissan is loaning the club the car, and the club intends to have it restored by December.

The Nissan Restoration Club is made up of 60 volunteers from Nissan’s Research and Development department. It specializes in restoring Nissan racecars to drivable condition. The cars are meant to be able to compete in classic motorsports events and not just be static show cars.

It has restored eight cars, including a 1964 SkylineNissan Skyline Gen.2Japan, 1963 > 1968 racecar, two Datsun 210s210Datsun 210Japan, 1957 > 19583 photos
that raced in the 1958 Australia Mobilgas Trial and 1947 Nissan Tama electric car.

 

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DatsunDatsun
240Z240Z
240Z Rally240Z Rally
Engine
Straight 6
Displacement
146 cu in
Top Speed
125 mph
Transmission
5, Manual
Maximum power
215 hp @ 5600 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
--
price
--
annual ownership cost
$ 912

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