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Classic, powerful sports coupé raised the profile of Datsun's rallying, but where Nissan/Datsun was most successful, in the Safari, the 240Z's power advantage didn't seem to be worth much those days. Maybe the biggest problem of the 240Z and later 260Z was Datsun's ideas. There were only two rallies that really interested Datsun, the Monte Carlo and the Safari, and the Z models were more regarded by Datsun as the Monte challenger. The car with its long bonnet was never successful at the Monte, and maybe Datsun was surprised that soon privateers preferred to take the Z to Sweden and RAC with more success! It's main problem was very likely indeed an error of thinking. The long bonnet made accurate and nimble driving difficult in Monte Carlo. Datsun always preferred the small saloon cars for the Safari, but exactly here the long bonnet did not matter, but long wheel base and 6-cylinder low end torque did. In Safari 1971 Edgar Hermann and Shekhar Mehta celebrated a 240Z 1-2 finish, young Mehta winning also the 1973 Safari in a 240Z, the works team still kept entering small saloons here.
This car deserves much more of a write up, but all is basically said already. A German BMW designer designed the car for Datsun. It was a really unique sports model, "THE" Datsun of the 1970s. Yet it's long bonnet made the car less suitable for the sprint rallies that would have best suited its image.
Model & Evo. (Activity)
|Fairlady (Z) 240Z (73-0)||220/6500||300/5000||4114.1630.1285||1160 (4.8)||Rwd (2305)|
|Fairlady (Z) 260Z (74-0)||260/6500||320/5000||4114.1630.1285||1160 (4.5)||RWD (2305)|
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This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.
|31st.||2009 IRC Safari Rally||J. Shah||L. Drews||#74||[UNKNOWN]||4:06:04|
|14th.||1975 WRC Rally Morocco||J. Privé||. UNKNOWN||#21||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
|6th.||1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal||M. Figueredo||. UNKNOWN||#19||[UNKNOWN]||6:53:47|
|5th.||1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal||P. Cortes||T. Gomes||#16||[UNKNOWN]||6:45:07|
|5th.||1974 WRC Rallye de Portugal||H. Kallström||C. Billstam||#4||[UNKNOWN]||6:54:27|
|4th.||1974 WRC Safari Rally||H. Kallström||C. Billstam||#14||[UNKNOWN]||12:58:00|
|5th.||1974 WRC Safari Rally||Z. Remtulla||N. Jivani||#35||[UNKNOWN]||13:29:00|
|8th.||1974 WRC Rideau Lakes Rally||J. Smiskol||C. Smiskol||#108||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
|14th.||1974 WRC USA Press on Regardless Rally||J. Smiskol||C. Smiskol||#8||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
|18th.||1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo||R. Aaltonen||P. Easter||#10||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
|9th.||1973 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo||T. Fall||M. Wood||#17||[UNKNOWN]||5:55:47|
|1st.||1973 WRC Safari Rally||S. Mehta||L. Drews||#1||[UNKNOWN]||6:46:00|
|3rd.||1973 WRC USA Press on Regardless Rally||J. Smiskol||C. Smiskol||#105||[UNKNOWN]||7:33:00|
|14th.||1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain||H. Kallström||C. Billstam||#5||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.
|Ret.||2009 IRC Safari Rally||S. Rocca||. UNKNOWN||#73||[UNKNOWN]||SS13 ?|
|Ret.||1975 WRC Safari Rally||H. Schuller||. UNKNOWN||#16||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 electrics|
|Ret.||1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain||C. Curley||A. Frazer||#25||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 crash|
|Ret.||1974 WRC Rallye de Portugal||M. Figueredo||. UNKNOWN||#19||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 engine|
|Ret.||1974 WRC Rallye de Portugal||I. Carlsson||S. Andreasson||#10||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 engine|
|Ret.||1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain||T. Fall||M. Wood||#17||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 crash|
|Ret.||1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain||M. Figueredo||. UNKNOWN||#70||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 engine|
|Ret.||1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain||C. Sclater||M. Holmes||#22||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 crash|
|Ret.||1973 WRC Rally Morocco||S. Mehta||G. Phillips||#5||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 crash|
|Ret.||1973 WRC Rally of Finland||S. Mehta||. UNKNOWN||#6||[UNKNOWN]||SS32 engine|
|Ret.||1973 WRC Safari Rally||R. Aaltonen||P. Easter||#6||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 crash|
|Ret.||1973 WRC Safari Rally||E. Herrmann||H. Schuller||#11||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 engine|
|Ret.||1973 WRC Rallye de Portugal||C. Sclater||B. de Jong||#7||[UNKNOWN]||SS99 ?|