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Nissan Volunteers Will Restore This Badass 240Z Rally Car

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In 1971, the Nissan 240Z dominated the East African Safari Rally, powering its way across the harsh desert to a first and second place win. The original Z would pull off another win in 1973. Now, thanks to the efforts of some volunteers at Nissan, one of those cars will be restored to its former glory.

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Nissan says that their Nissan Restoration Club, a 60-strong group of volunteer members from the company's R&D department, will use their skills to restore the Safari Rally Z that won in 1971 driven by Edgar Hermann and Hans Schuller. The car's 2.4-liter inline six was tuned to produce 215 horsepower for racing duty.

Nissan says that the restoration of the Safari Rally Z will be completed in December. Maybe your Jalopnik staff can convince them to let us review it.

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Didn't they leave it as-is from when it completed it's last race (hence the damage on the front)? It almost seems worse to restore it now.