Nissan Restoration Club To Restore The Legendary Safari Rally Z

Nissan Restoration Club To Restore The Legendary Safari Rally Z

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
18 Sep 2013

An added bonus for the members, now with 60 people, is the education derived from studying the highest technology the world had to offer at the time. Past projects for the club have been the restoration of eight vehicles, notably the legendary 1964 Skyline racecar, the “Fuji” and “Sakura” Datsun 210s that won Australia’s 1958 Mobilgas Trial, and 1947 Tama electric vehicle. This year, the Nissan Restoration Club has focused its attention on a special variant of the Fairlady Z (Datsun 240Z in the U.S.), called the Safari Rally Z.

The Safari Rally Z won two overall championships of the East African Safari Rally in 1971 and 1973. Succeeding the legendary Bluebird rally car (Datsun 510) that put Nissan on the world rally map, the Safari Rally Z had a short-but-stellar career highlighted by its 1-2 finish in the 1971 event. The racecar to be restored is the winner of the 19th Safari Rally in 1971, driven by Edgar Hermann and Hans Schuller. The Safari Rally Z features a closed, fast-back coupe body and a 2393cc OHC inline-6 engine (codenamed L24) that was tuned to produce 215 hp. The racecar has been part of Nissan’s Heritage Collection.

The restoration of the Safari Rally Z is scheduled to be completed in December 2013.

Credits: Oneshift News Team

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