Timeline of the 151 wins of Japanese cars in WRC

1973
1st Win

Datsun 240ZRound 4 Safari Rally
S.Mehta / L.Drews

The Nissan 240Z was the first ever Japanese car to win WRC. Nissan had won the Safari Rally two years in a row in 1970 and 1971.
1973
2nd Win

Toyota CorollaRound 11 Press-on-Regardless Rally
W.Boyce Walter / D.Woods

The WRC round held in Michigan; USA was won by a Toyota Corolla. It was Toyota’s first win at the WRC. The driver was Boyce from Canada.
1974
3rd Win

Mitsubishi LancerRound 2 Safari Rally
J.Singh / D.Doig

The Mitsubishi Lancer grabbed its first win despite having only half the engine’s power of its competitor, the Porsche 911.
1975
4th Win

Toyota CorollaRound 7 1000 Lakes Rally
H.Mikkola / A.Aho

Toyota Team Europe (TTE) was the first Japanese manufacturer to win this event. They used a Corolla Levin TE27. This was the first win in the WRC for TTE, as well as their first ever European round win.
1976
5th Win

Mitsubishi LancerRound 4 Safari Rally
J.Singh / D.Doig

This was the Mitsubishi Lancer’s second win after 1974. The driver was Joginder Singh, popularly known as “The Flying Sikh”
1976
6th Win

Datsun Violet 160JRound 5 Acropolis Rally
H.Källström / C-G.Andersson

Nissan introduced its new Violet 160 in 1974. In its third year, Nissan grabbed their first win.
1979
7th Win

Datsun Violet 160JRound 4 Safari Rally
S.Mehta / M.Doughty

Nissan introduced a new Violet in 1978. Shekhar Mehta, who won the Safari Rally in 1973 brought the team the win in 1979.
1980
8th Win

Datsun Violet 160JRound 4 Safari Rally
S.Mehta / M.Doughty

Nissan used a revised version of the 1979 Violet. Mehta marked his third win at the event.
1980
9th Win

Datsun Violet 160JRound 8 Motogard Rally
T.Salonen / S.Harjanne

Timo Salonen joined Nissan in 1979. He won the Motogard Rally as well as ranking in second in Acropolis.
1981
10th Win

Datsun Violet GTRound 4 Safari Rally
S.Mehta / M.Doughty

1981’s Violet mounted the DOHC engine, LZ20B. The name was changed to Violet GT.
1981
11th Win

Datsun Violet GTRound 9 Rally Côte d’Ivoire
T.Salonen / S.Harjanne

In fight for the WRC Manufacturers’ Championship title, Nissan competed in Côte d’Ivoire. Nissan ended up second in the championship.
1982
12th Win

Datsun Violet GTRound 4 Safari Rally
S.Mehta / M.Doughty

Mehta won the event 4 times in a row with the same Nissan car. This win later became Mehta’s last WRC victory.
1982
13th Win

Toyota CelicaRound 7 Motogard Rally
B.Waldegård / H.Thorszelius

The Toyota Celica 2000GT (RA63) competed in the Motogard Rally and finished in first and second place. From the year after, Toyota introduced a group B machine.
1983
14th Win

Toyota Celica Twincam TurboRound 11 Rally Côte d’Ivoire
B.Waldegård / H.Thorszelius

Toyota introduced the Group B Celica in the last three rounds of the season. It finished first and third place in Côte d’Ivoire.
1984
15th Win

Toyota Celica Twincam TurboRound 4 Safari Rally
B.Waldegård / H.Thorszelius

Toyota competed in the Group B Celica. They took the win in their first Safari Rally. Following their first win at the Safari Rally, Toyota won three times the same race.
1985
16th Win

Toyota Celica Twincam TurboRound 4 Safari Rally
J.Kankkunen / F.Gallagher

Juha Kankkunen wins the 1985 Safari Rally. This was his first WRC win.
1985
17th Win

Toyota Celica Twincam TurboRound 11 Rally Côte d’Ivoire
J.Kankkunen / F.Gallagher

Kankkunen got his second win in Côte d’Ivoire. He also finished fifth at the RAC 3 weeks later.
1986
18th Win

Toyota Celica Twincam TurboRound 4 Safari Rally
B.Waldegård / F.Gallagher

Björn Waldegård won his second Safari Rally since 1984 in a Celica. Second was Lars-Erik Torph, also in a Celica.
1986
19th Win

Toyota Celica Twincam TurboRound 10 Rally Côte d’Ivoire
B.Waldegård / F.Gallagher

Waldegård got his second win of the season. Toyota was the only Japanese manufacturer to win Group B.
1987
20th Win

Mazda 323 4WDRound 2 Rally Sweden
T.Salonen / S.Harjanne

Mazda competed in a 323 after Group A was introduced with the requirement of a 4WD turbo.
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