Nissan Fairlady (Z) Profile

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Nissan Fairlady (Z) General Information

Classic, powerful sports coupé raised the profile of Datsun in rallying as well as on the road. But it seemed for Datsun the car was winning on the wrong events. Maybe indeed 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. For its long bonnet it was difficult to launch its front pin point accurate into corners and it 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 simple, 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, yet 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.

Maybe I can say something to the model range: 240Z and 260Z were Fairladys with according engine size. A 280Z never came to fame, as it addressed new USA emission and safety laws in the later 1970s and accordingly came with ugly bumpers and was only sold in USA. The Fairlady 280ZX of 1978 was its true successor, yet despite being longer, flatter, more modern and famously featuring a targa roof, it clearly kept the legendary Fairlady headlights, front and rear designs. However in 1984 came the 300ZX with a redesigned front and rear. Even though the 300ZX tag showed a clear relation to the 280ZX, this one not only lost the typical classic Fairlady design, but also the Fairlady sub-name. This 300ZX is today regarded as the predecessor to the 350Z and 370Z models, though not much in common with the original Z-Car at all.

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Nissan Fairlady (Z) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Nissan Fairlady (Z) 240Z (73-0) 220/6500 300/5000 4114.1630.1285 1160 (4.8) Rwd (2305)
Nissan Fairlady (Z) 260Z (74-0) 260/6500 320/5000 4114.1630.1285 1160 (4.5) RWD (2305)

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Nissan Fairlady (Z) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
31st. 2009 IRC Safari Rally J. Shah L. Drews #74 [UNKNOWN] 4:06:04
16th. 1977 WRC Acropolis Rally G. Fischer . UNKNOWN #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
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
10th. 1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Megre . UNKNOWN #41 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
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

Nissan Fairlady (Z) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
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 Morocco . Mitri . UNKNOWN #44 [UNKNOWN] SS99 disqualified
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 ?