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Often referred to as the 'golden age of rallying', the Group B regulations introduced in 1982 would produce the fastest, most sophisticated rally cars of all time. There were few restrictions on weight, materials or design and coupled to homologation only requiring 200 units it soon attracted the manufacturers. Nissans official entry was the 240RS, a coupé powered by the 2.4 DOHC FJ24 engine. It finished second in the 1983 WRC New Zealand Rally. The lack of crowd control and astronomical speeds saw the eventual demise of Group B but not before the public had been treated to some of the most powerful rally cars ever produced. Offered here is a Group B 240RS that was owned and driven by Colin McRae in 1987, winning the Tweedies Daihatsu Rally in Dumfries in July 1987 with his wife Alison navigating. Previously, he had finished second on the Autofit Rally in Argyle in May. His brother Alister also drove the Nissan which was run by the well-respected Dom Buckley. The car is in the livery of it first win with Apex Tubulars as the sponsor but it was also rallied by Colin in the iconic Rothmans colour scheme. This was the only Group B car that Colin McRae drove in period. Originally purchased by Nigel Rose in 1984, he competed in the 1985 Swedish and RAC rallies. In 1986 he contested the Southern Swedish rally and several national rallies in Norway. The Nissan was clubmans specification, road fuel tank and wet sump engine carrying the chassis number #BS110-000195. It was purchased by Donald Milne of Apex Tubulars in March 1987 and was RAC log-booked and registered to them. Whilst the car was owned and used by the McRae's the registration documents were never changed to Colin's name. In 1989 it was sold to K H Taylor who never updated the RAC logbook with the now chassis number BS110-000135. Investigation, which is in the history file confirms first hand that Donald Milne had at his disposal three 240RS in 1987, two Blydenstein Group B rally cars and the clubman specification FXI 2376 chassis 195. He wanted to give Colin McRae the best available and it's believed one of the Blydenstein cars assumed the registration FXI 2376 which explains the chassis # 135. Next owner was Steve Mathews who updated the RAC logbook but never rallied it from 1992-1997. Abid Mahood was the new owner but sold it on to Jumping Jeff Williamson of Irish rallying fame. The 240RS was then purchased by our vendor in 2000, appearing at the Goodwood Festiavl Of Speed McRae Tribute in 2008 in unrestored condition. Since then it has seen a protracted restoration by Sweep Motorsport returning it to full Group B period specification and rally prepared by Protec for unveiling at Goodwood in 2012. The list of work to return to period specification includes a John Minty rebuilt works spec dry sump engine (The 240RS engine builder), including 3RE/76 cams, genuine Omega pistons, works rods, Nismo crank, Nismo flywheel, rebuilt dry sump pump, new AP clutch, works cam chain pads, rebuilt starter, alternator. Andy Dawson rebuilt Nismo gearbox and diff (works alloy casing). All struts and shocks rebuilt by Andy Dawson, new track rod ends, with new rose joints. Sweep Motorsport wiring loom with OE lights, with restored dash and lightweight race battery. Recaro seats restored by Recaro. New AP twin plate clutch. Restored prop shaft. Restored Nismo steering box, new track rod ends and lower ball joints. New wheel bearings. Works Enkie gravel wheels which are extremely rare. Adjustable brake box system which was restored, AP restored brakes calipers with new cylinders, refaced discs, new pads, new wheel bearings and new brake pipes. New exhaust system. Restored bag fuel tank with new fuel pumps and fuel lines. Body completely restored and repainted, but all panels are original. New windscreen. Restored radiator and new hoses, and finally, new oil cooler and aeroquip pipes and fittings. Many of the original rare parts such as the air-box, bulkhead grills and trim are still with this car. A spare wheel arch extension was signed by Colin McRae when he visited the car. The original RAC logbook, DVLA Documents, signed book and photos of the restoration are in the history file. This Nissan 240RS is eligible for FIA and UK Championships and on the button having been prepared by renowned Nissan experts. It represents an opportunity to own at a realistic level a Group B rally car which will get entries to the vibrant and growing historic rally scene or a sure-fire future investment. It also has the advantage of having been associated with the great Colin McRae who was the ''The greatest rally driver ever'', according to his friend, Tommi Makinen.