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Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Rally Car Nissan Fairlady 240Z Could Be Our Favorite Z


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1972 Nissan Fairlady 240Z

The Nissan Fairlady 240Z was the successor to the Fairlady Z. It was designed for rally driving with a closed, fastback, coupe body and debuted back in 1969. Although Nissan designed it specifically for rally events, the car was added to the domestic lineup in the US as the 240Z in 1971. The car came out of the gate with a win at the 19th Safari Rally in April of 1971 driven by E. Hermann and H. Schullerthat. This quickly made it a favorite with rally fans.

The following year saw the Fairlady entering the 41st Rallye Monte-Carlo driven by R. Aaltonen and J. Todt where it managed a finish of third place overall. The Rallye Monte-Carlo is known as “the snow and ice rally” so a difficult to control FR car earning a third place finish made everyone take notice.

1971 Nissan Fairlady 240Z

This was an incredible follow-up to the car’s success the prior year and helped put the number of Z rally cars in Japan on the rise. Nissan didn’t let up.

They went on to release yet another Fairlady in 1973 as the top-of-the line model. It had a 2,400 cc engine with a 7.4″ nose, headlight covers, and over-fenders as standard features.

1973 Nissan Fairlady 240Z