One of the most iconic Japanese cars of all time, the Datsun 240z has long been praised by the automotive and motorsport communities for offering solid performance capabilities and stellar reliability at an attainable price-point. And while this has lead to an absolutely enormous number of modified and custom Z builds, few are as special as the painstakingly recreated 240z Safari Special owned by Randy Jaffe.
A meticulously made and wildly detailed replica of Datsun’s racers campaigned in the 1970s at the infamous East African Safari Rally, the tribute build is constructed around an early VIN specimen and looks pretty much identical to the off-road competition-spec Datsuns of half a century ago. From the retro auxiliary lighting to the black and red livery, to the off-road wheels and all-terrain tires, Jaffe’s Datsun is a spitting image of the real thing (which is currently at Nissan’s museum in Japan). Recently, Larry Chen of the Hoonigan Youtube channel did an Auto Focus episode on the rally racer recreation, unpacking the enormous amount of effort that went into bringing this ambitious project to life. To see more, you can check out the link to Hoonigan’s website or view the entire Auto Focus episode posted below.