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
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.