Lot 619: 1972 Datsun 240Z Coupé
Built by Spike Anderson for long distance racing, ‘LAL’, a four-year old 240Z, had been bought from a Greek fish-and-chip shop owner, a Mr Michael. Stripped, prepared and repainted in Spike’s ‘Samuri’ colours, the car - sponsored by Datsun dealers Bradburn Brothers - was entered for the Silverstone 6-Hour Relay race in May 1977 with Clive Richardson and Jeremy Walton driving, successfully completing 158 laps. Fired by their success, the team entered the 6-Hour Relay at Brands Hatch in August with Win Percy joining Clive Richardson. Up against eleven Porsches, two BMW 320i’s and international drivers such as Ronnie Peterson, Jochen Mass, Jacky Ickx, Tom Walkinshaw and Manfred Winklehock the team had some stiff competition. Clive Richardson started at the back of the grid and managed to work his way up through the field to 11th place before handing over to Win Percy. With the rain now pouring down, Percy had the crowd on its feet, passing a car on every lap, including a Porsche 935 on the grass on the inside of Clearways, to reach 6th place overall before the race was stopped due to the appalling conditions. On the re-start an hour and a half later, the original grid positions were used, so negating the team’s efforts. After a BMW 320i had deposited oil on the track, Win spun into the barriers and the car was out.
Bradburn Brothers, who had been helping Spike, bought the car, stripped and re-jigged the shell and rebuilt it as a rally car (to the then current regulations) using various new Datsun (Nissan) parts. In addition, it received new internal brake and fuel lines, a mechanical brake bias mechanism and new struts from Chelmsford Suspension services. The vehicle was sold, unused, to the vendor in 1984.
Works parts transferred to ‘LAL’ include reconditioned front and rear suspension struts, new works-pattern lightweight doors, bonnet, boot lid, rear windows and tailgate, works roll bar with two spare wheels, Group 4 brakes, a set of works magnesium wheels, works seats and a set of Mikuni carburettors with their handmade, works rally air boxes.
Although not an ex-works Datsun 240Z, examples of which have never come onto the market, ‘LAL 909K’ has an interesting history both as a circuit car and a rally replica. The vehicle is offered with old duplicate and current Swansea V5 registration documents. Prospective buyers are advised to check with Bonhams for any amendments to this description by the time of Sale and to satisfy themselves as to the originality, status and completeness of this vehicle prior to bidding.
Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars|
Bonhams, Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Chichester
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£14030|
|Registration number||LAL 909K|
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