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.
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.