Nissan Safari Rally Z: A Legendary Restoration

Restoring legendary cars is what the Nissan Restoration Club does best.

Comprised of 60 volunteer members, the club is passionate about Nissan’s historic racecars, and about restoring them to original running condition. The club has been part of many high profile restoration projects, and their latest project won’t be any different.

The Nissan Safari Rally Z is the next project that this Club has chosen, planning to restore the sports car to its original running condition. The basis for the original off-road race machine, the Fairlady Z was one of very few cars can claim to not only being a road-racing champion, but also being a rally legend. It’s that legend that inspired the Safari Rally Z, and the Nissan Safari Rally Z didn’t disappoint. It won two overall championships at the East African Safari Rally in 1971 and 1973. It had a short career, but it was an impressive one nonetheless.

Highlighted by its 1-2 finish in the 1971 event, The Safari Rally Z to be restored is the winner of the 19th Safari Rally, where it was driven by Edgar Hermann and Hans Schuller. The Nissan Safari Rally Z features a closed, fast-back coupe body and a 2393cc OHC inline-6 engine that was tuned to produce 215 hp.

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Nissan Safari Rally Z

An unrelated but awesome retro Nissan commercial with some Nissan Safari Rally Z footage: