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Was watching Legends of Motorsport 1983 Tour of Corsica Tony Ponds was driving a Nissan that did not look familiar what car was he driving? IF you have not seen this one yet it is pretty good I think there are one or two more showings.
 

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That is what I thought but it also kind of looks like some of the really really early skylines. Perhaps a nissan aficianado can fill us in.
 

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If it is the car I am thinking of it is the Violet. It is RWD not AWD as the Skylines were (are). To my knowledge, Skylines are not typically used in rally competition. There were other Nissans in WRC (and European) events. The 200SX, 240RS and Silvia (all RWD, similar to our 200SX, 240SX) and the Sunny GTI-R (FWD, similar to Sentra).

L. Mark Stone has a Violet (or at least had one). He can likely tell you what its nearest American relative would be. I am thinking it may be similar to a 610 or a 710. My history with Nissan does not go back very far.

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I thought Sunny GTI is FWD GTI-R is AWD same with PUlsar GTI-R. Hopefully someone can end this debate I really want a definitive answer
 

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> I believe that was a Nissan 240rs Which I think that is the
>same as the 200sx in the U.S., at least it looks like a
>200sx to me.

It certainly would have been a 240RS - that's what they were running in 1983. Think of the 200sx notchback on steroids.

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>I thought Sunny GTI is FWD GTI-R is AWD same with PUlsar
>GTI-R. Hopefully someone can end this debate I really want a
>definitive answer

That would seem to be accurate. The "R" seems to designate AWD in Nissan speak. An example is the Skyline GT-R. There are RWD iterations but they do not contain the R in the nameplate.

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>If it is the car I am thinking of it is the Violet. It is
>RWD not AWD as the Skylines were (are). To my knowledge,
>Skylines are not typically used in rally competition.

To my knowledge, Skylines didn't get an AWD (well, RWD-until-the-
computer-thinks-you-need-front-power which isn't as good as "real"
AWD to me - no AWD under engine braking? Why bother) model until
the R32 chassis, which came out in '88 or '89 or thereabouts.

So even if it were a Skyline (which it sounds like it wasn't) it
wouldn't have been AWD, at least not factory anyway. (I recall
some AWD RX-7s from that general timeframe so who knows)
 

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>I thought Sunny GTI is FWD GTI-R is AWD same with PUlsar
>GTI-R. Hopefully someone can end this debate I really want a
>definitive answer
The Nissan Pulsar GTI-R that was sold in the US was not AWD. It was FWD only.
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the car in the program was definitely not AWD but RWD. THe pulsar GTI-R that I am referring to was the precursor to the Sunny program it was never a WRC car but was blindingly fast in Group N. This pulsar has almost no relation to the one sold in the USA which was FWD
 

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>We have a Winner it was the 240RS thank you:)

Yep. Checked the results in World Rallying - Pond was 6th O/A in a 240RS (GpB), first front-engined car home (behind 4 037s and an R5 Turbo).

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Have an old video somewhere of Pond in the 240RS on a winter event in Belgium. Believe it was the 24hrs of Ypres. Didn't stand a chance against the 4WD guys but still put up a good show.
 
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