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1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car

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So this is the reason why I sold my old 1976 Kenmeri skyline.

This is the Datsun 240K GL (C110 Skyline) that started racing back in 1973 in the Australian Manufacturers Championship, under the FIA Group C Classification.

The car was campaigned by the Datsun Racing Team, after the car was recieved from Nissan.

This car is believed to be possibly the ONLY Datsun 240K to compete in Australia under the Group C rules in the 70's.

The vehicle has competed as such historic Australian racetracks such as Adelaide International Raceway (AIR), Surfers Paradise International Raceway (SPIR), Sandown Raceway, Phillip Island and Bathurst throughout its short Group C career. The vehicle stopped racing for a period of time in 1976.

She has spent a fair bit of time in storage, having last competed in anger in 2007. The vehicle is currently set up to compete in Tarmac Rallies such as Targa Tasmania.

At the moment the vehicle is being paint stripped to check condition of the chassis (as all early japanese cars have rust, as we know!) and then a repaint back into one of it's more iconic paint schemes.

Plans are then for the car to return to where she belongs, the race track. In what capacity/class of racing, will depend on how much further information I uncover/what my budget allows.

But to say I'm a little bit excited, is a massive UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!

Here are some photos.

This is probably the straightest, most rust free C110 I, and the guys doing the work, have ever seen!!!!!!

 

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Nice find. Plenty of history. I liked the group C. At least they resembled something you could actually buy from the dealer. Didn't know Nissan ranthe 240k in group C or was it a privateer?

I remeber back in the early 80's Nissan bought out a limited edition Bluebird with the striping from George Furys group C car. The Striping was the ONLY thing the same.

The 1.8 turbo Z18 was not available and engine was completly untouched standard. Wheels magazijn quoted " If a car should wear stripes, it shouls earn them"

Chas

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Nice find. Plenty of history. I liked the group C. At least they resembled something you could actually buy from the dealer. Didn't know Nissan ranthe 240k in group C or was it a privateer?

I remeber back in the early 80's Nissan bought out a limited edition Bluebird with the striping from George Furys group C car. The Striping was the ONLY thing the same.

The 1.8 turbo Z18 was not available and engine was completly untouched standard. Wheels magazijn quoted " If a car should wear stripes, it shouls earn them"

Chas

 

 

Genuine Group C. The car was delivered to the Datsun Racing Team from Nissan directly!

 

Only changed into private hands after Bathurst 1975

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Thats a great find, just what you wanted. Engine specs, or are you going to run that l28?

 

It SAYS L24.....but i doubt that. Need to get her tuned then go from there. I'd wager she's been rebuilt to be better and better since her competition debut in 1973.

 

I'd love to get either Peter McDONNELL or Les COLLINS to pull her apart eventually and catalogue everything so i know whats going on

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I contacted a few photographers about pictures. David BLANCH from the Autopics website came through!!!

 

I sent David a copy of the log book entries and he went searching through the archives and found some gold. Now to BUY the prints!!!!

 

These photos are from Phillip Island, Sandown and Calder Park as far as i know. The years vary from 73-75

 

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No updates from the painters yet. I'm heading there next week to discuss colour matching to original factory paint cards.

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As an aside, If I am looking at the pedals right, the fuel is on the far left and the clutch is on the far right. Is that how all RH drive cars are?

Charles

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Charles,

Looks like a foot support. Fuel and clutch pedals are the same LH drive vehicles. The fuel pedal is next to the door. You do get some car makers that mount the indicators on inside of the steering column towards the passenger. Probably to reduce different parts and manufacture one type of steering column.

I have yet to see one the other way. It would be challenging to drive.

Chas

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Thanks Chas,

I thought they were the same, but the picture threw me off. I was thinking that would be really hard to drive if the pedals were different...

Charles

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Foot support for hard cornering

Or when you are going through the dipper at Mount Panorama :D

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Ok i managed to source a Weber 48 IDA for the car. I need to still pick up the original race manifold from a guy a know, becuase that has the adaptor plate for it.

If you see the earlier photos in the thread, the original manifold is the top "T" piece manifold, not the long runner GT style one.

I want to modify the long runner style one for better flow into the intakes.

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It's an ITALIAN one too, so I'm stoked! Much better than the spanish equvilant. The build quality is much superior with finer tolerences.

And as a bonus it came off a big port 13B rotary race motor. I'll need to check the jets/emulsion tubes/venturi/choke specs etc etc but it's already modified with the return spring on the throttle arm.

I'll have a look at it for wear before deciding if I'll refurbish them myself (with some hydro blasting) or send to a great carb shop i know.

Some refurbished 48 IDA's (a pair can reach $2500 AUD!!!!!  :shock: )
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But this was the last major peice of the puzzle to return the car back to period specifications. All the other bits I'll need I can "borrow" from my other blue 240K sedan. The cruiser gets some go fast bits and the race car gets factory, period specific "modified" parts for it.

I recently caught up with some mates while checking out how the bodywork is coming on.

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Thats all for now 

Edited by 240K Style

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