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Lot 589: 1972 Datsun 240Z Rally Car

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams (11 July 2008)

Formed in 1933, the Nissan Motor Company marketed most of its exported products as Datsuns until the latter name was dropped in 1983. There had been Datsun sports cars before the 240Z, most notably the Fairlady series of the 1960s, but with the Big Zs arrival in 1969 the Japanese firm established itself as a major force to be reckoned with in the sports/GT market. Boasting a 2.4-litre, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual (or three-speed automatic) transmission, independent suspension all round and a high trim level as standard, the keenly priced 240Z proved an outstanding success in the all-important North American market, taking sales from MG, Triumph and Jaguar. Styled by Count Albrecht Goertz, stylist of the BMW 503 and 507, the 240Z looked every inch a European product. It was also tough and reliable, as two outright wins in the Safari Rally in 1971 and 1973 demonstrated, the winning drivers being Edgar Herrmann and Shekha Mehta respectively.
Built in 2003 by Datsun Z specialists The Z Farm, the car we offer is a replica of the works Datsun 240Z driven by Shekhar Mehta on the 1971 Safari Rally, and in his memory carried the number 31 on the event last year. KAC 353L competed in the East African Safari Historic Rally in 2003, 2005 and 2007 (being rebuilt again for each of the latter two events and finishing on every occasion) and has been developed into a rugged and reliable car for the current owner, who is now retiring from competition. Its specification includes a 210bhp engine breathing via triple DellOrto carburettors; Proflex suspension; vented front disc brakes; disc rear brakes (replacing drums); R200 limited-slip differential; tripod-type driveshafts; close-ratio gearbox; alloy radiator and many other special competition components. The bodyshell is heavily strengthened, incorporating a Safety Devices roll cage; Dural sump guard; 120-litre ATL bag tank; twin spare wheel supports; Sparco seats; Sabelt safety harnesses and a complete set of navigational equipment.
Presented exactly as it finished the 2007 Safari Historic event, the car will require mechanical re-commissioning before further competition use. It is offered with FIA Historic Vehicle Passport, restoration invoices, MoT to September 2008, Swansea V5 document and a spares package.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Festival of Speed
Bonhams, Goodwood, Chichester, Sussex
Lot Number589
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
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Registration numberKAC 353L
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Engine numberL240 84551
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