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Vintage rally cars are special. They’ve been through so much and the history gets embedded into the car over time. And some of the coolest vintage rally cars are from the East African Safari Rally. They usually had special body work or bumpers and maybe a second spare tire on the roof in the case of the Lancia’s. But most of them were totaled or lost over time. This means you have one choice if you want to race a vintage car in rally. You must build it.
This Datsun was built by Chesterfield entrepreneur and ultra successful businessman, Steve Perez. He had a vision of building the ultimate rally car to contest the highly challenging East African Safari. EASR is held every other year and is one of the toughest and most challenging events in the global historic motorsport calendar. This rally car is tough.
Most people choose versions of the Ford Escort and the Porsche 911, both of which are comparatively straightforward to convert in to modern day rally cars with a surplus of specialist parts available throughout the world. However, the only cars that challenged them in period were the famous Datsun 240 Z and 260 Zs driven by past legends such as the late great Shekar Mehta and Tony Fall.
This memory inspired Steve’s thinking when he set about building this amazing car (and complete team) to contest the rally with the aim of an outright win; a feat achieved by a similar car in 2003 and 2005.
The car was built on a ‘no expense’ basis to the very highest of standards, and has run several Safari rally results providing ‘on event’ development. This culminated in a superb result of 4th overall on the last running of the event in 2013. Improved during every year of participation, the car is now a consistent top 5 overall stage performer and offers a unique ‘turn-key’ opportunity to enter the Safari Rally with a thoroughly developed and sorted car that will be competitive from stage one.
Here is Steve in 2013 gerting after it until a goat gets in his way!
A support truck complete with the most extraordinary and comprehensive spares package is included in the sale. The spares are too lengthy to list here but a full itinerary will be available at the Race Retro Sale which will include all wheels, tyres, major running gear items and many bespoke and highly specialist components unique to the car and the event.
If you are serious about buying something like this, call the Silverstone Auctions office and speak to Nick Whale for further more detailed information.
More details below and the original ad can be found here.
Chassis Number: RS30-00075
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 6
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Estimate (£): 180,000 – 200,000
Viewing and bidding
The Race Retro Classic Car Sale takes place from midday on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February 2015 at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry.
Viewing of the lots will be available 09.30 – 17.00 on the 20th February and from 09.30 – 12.00 on the 21st and 22nd February.
Bidding at the auction can be done either in person by attending the sale, by telephone, by leaving a commission bid or live, online via the i-Bidder.com and Live Auctioneers system. Full details of registration requirements and a buying guide can be found on the Silverstone Auctions website (http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/buying).
Please note* Race Retro is a closed event and tickets will be required to enter. These are available from the following link http://www.raceretro.com/tickets/4586746338
For further information about The Race Retro Classic Car Sale, contact Silverstone Auctions on +44 (0)1926 691 141