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How many people knew that the current FIA President and former Ferrari F1 Chief has three podium finishes in the Monte Carlo Rally as co-driver? He had a third and two second place finishes. He must be fluent in Finnish as two of the drivers were Finnish! His first podium finish was a third place with Rauno Altonen in 1972. If you check out the gallery on our website for the 240Z Rally Car, you will see a youthful Jean Todt with the trophy for 3rd place finish


Datsun 240Z (1972 : HLS30)

The 41st RallyeMonte-Carlo in 1972 (Overall third)
Sport Car / Rally Car / Competition


Overall length / width / height4,115/1,630/1,290mm


Tread (front/rear)1,355/1,345mm

Curb weight1,050kg

EngineL24 (6-cyl. in line OHC) 2,393cc

Engine Max. power162kW(220ps)/7,200rpm

Engine Max. torque230Nm(24.0kgfm)/6,400rpm

Suspension (front/rear)Strut / Strut (independent)

Brakes (front/rear)Ventilated disc / Drum (finned aluminum)

TiresFR70-14 DUNLOP SP44(PW72+spikes/PW52 R7)

  • Note:41st Rallye Monte-Carlo entry

The Fairlady 240Z, also known as the export model name “Datsun 240Z”, participated in famous “Rallye Monte-Carlo” mainly on snowy and icy roads. In the 41st Rallye Monte-Carlo, the 240Z finished third, which surprised rally concerned people all over the world. The reason is that 240Z adopted the FR (front engine / rear wheel drive) system with the engine mounted in front. The FR system was thought to be disadvantageous on snow and ice, but the result betrayed the prediction. As a result, more and more drivers began driving Z-car at domestic rallies.
This car is the one that finished third at the 41st Rallye Monte-Carlo in 1972 by Rauno Aaltonen and Jean Todt.