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Damn Cool Is Restoring This 1972 Datsun 240Z For A 37-Day Rally Race

Yes, it can go off-road. Easily.

To take on something as massive and potentially dangerous as the Peking-to-Paris rally is already wicked cool. Your chosen vehicle of transportation should be equally so, but it needs to be reliable more than it needs to be fast. Fast is great and all but if your car breaks down and it can’t be repaired at any given point in the race then it's game over. So what is reliable? Well, lots of cars, specifically Japanese-built cars. But we never would have assumed someone would pick this: a 1972 Datsun 240Z.

Nothing like taking a 44-year old sports car on a 10,000-mile, 37-day race where only half of the roads are paved (at best). Matt Farah caught up with the Z car’s owner and driver, Chris Bury, before he heads off to China for what’ll be a truly unforgettable adventure.

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