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Redusernab Asks: Which vehicle would you “Safari”?

Jeff Glucker November 8, 2018 Redusernab Asks 62 Comments

It’s a hot trend at the moment, but it’s certainly one that has yet to run its course. I’m talking about folks “Safari”-ing their vehicles. It’s a notion gaining steam with the Porsche set. Subaru owners will tell you they’ve been doing this for years. Their battle wagons scarred up with signs of real adventure. Even I’ve been daydreaming about that moment in the future when my own Mercedes-Benz wagon will be finished and ready to ramble on.

Later today, I’m going to share a video I shot of a 1978 Porsche 911 SC that I drove. It’s been given the full Safari treatment, and the finished product is fantastic. Of course, there are lots of other vehicles out there that would benefit from such a transformation.

What vehicle would you Safari?

  • I feel like the Honda Crosstour is just begging for it.

    • Jeff Glucker

      That would actually be rad as hell

      • I know, right?

  • GTXcellent

    [insert Xzibit thing-in-a-thing meme]
    How do you not safari in a Safari?

    • smalleyxb122

      I don’t think it’s possible. I think the idea behind safari builds requires them to be sedan or coupe based. Pontiac Safari? Sure. GMC Safari? It would make an excellent off-road van, or a mini-expedition rig, but I don’t think it would be called a safari build.

      • GTXcellent

        ah, good point – so let’s update this to an ultra-cool Sunbird Safari

        • That actually would be the coolest thing you could do with that car.

        • Maymar

          Go big or go home!

      • 0A5599

        What if you used a Safari as a donor for a coupe build?

        (This one is a Syclone, but same AWD system and similar chassis)

        • P161911

          Needs to look like this, just add lights and roof rack.

    • Lokki

      You are misinterpreting the meaning of ‘Safari’ on that GM van. It’s not ‘Safari’ in the traditional sense of crossing Africa but a phonetic spelling of “So Far It”, as in “So far, it hasn’t broken down”.

      • 0A5599

        Sephardic? The car breaks around 1:27

    • It just needs a mural like this one. Yo, dude, we heard you like Safaris, so…

    • Jeff Glucker

      I vote yes

  • Ross Ballot

    S550 Mustang GT Bullitt. The car I’m lusting after, with the suspension travel (and resulting comfort and capability) I’m needing.

  • hwyengr

    I’ve got something in mind already….

  • P161911

    How about Brock Yates “Yukon Corvette”?

    • longrooffan

      If you have not yet read about this drive, find it and read up. One of the best tales of that era.

  • P161911

    A Buick Regal T-type (the Grand National’s little sister)

    Solid rear axle for easy lift. Could probably find some sort of Donk parts to raise the front.

    Or just this:

  • Maymar

    Granted, it’s already been done, but after a million Winga-Dinga’d cruise night A-bodies, something like James Carner’s 442 really needs to catch on.

    • Yes, like a Trar, but cool.

    • Jeff Glucker

      One of my favorite cars of all time.

  • Batshitbox

    5-door SAAB 99. Slap some rally bits on there and a pair of metal studded snow tires and have myself a little Snow-fari down the Al-Can Highway. I’ve seen a 5-door SAAB swallow a garden tractor, they’re like a cave on wheels.

    • SlowJoeCrow

      Throw on a Toppola camper for maximum Swedish weirdness

  • Maymar

    Alternate idea prompted by a Ford RS200 – I started thinking MR2 at first, but the Fiero’s got a long history of no one caring if you chopped it up a little, and plenty of feasible engine swaps. Call it Group B Minus.

    • I’d call it a red-neck Stratos! It actually looks very cool.

    • SlowJoeCrow

      looks like a really nice Lemons racer

    • discontinuuity

      There was the Toyota 222D rally car built for Group S

      • Maymar

        I think pretty much everything needs popup headlights, but those are rad (also, its existence pushed me to suggest the Fiero).

    • discontinuuity

      Apparently it’s pretty easy to lift an MR2 a couple inches by installing Corolla struts.

    • Tomsk

      I’ve long wondered what a more hardcore* Group B car from GM would have looked like, and I’m inclined to think it would be a widebody Fiero with maybe a more upright/conventional front end.

      Not to say the Opel Manta 400 wasn’t a serious bit of kit, but compared to the likes of the Delta S4, RS200, 205 T16 et al, it was hardly intimidating.

  • 1slowvw

    Am I doing this right?

    Or does it just cancel itself out.

  • This Audi TT looks pretty cool despite Jeremy Clarkson calling the TT a “receptionist’s car”.

    • crank_case

      Even Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t take Jeremy Clarkson seriously.. 😉

  • I’m considering running the exhaust over the roof on my 96. I’ve already got a spotlight that would work well up there.

    • Vairship

      Or you can use that other race monster – with a massive extra 18 hp!

      • That would be much better than the far too tall downdraft Weber that a previous owner installed on mine. I’d get to use the correct space for the spare:

  • Zentropy

    My first thought was a first-generation Corvair, but now, I’m thinking this:

    • Vairship

  • Monkey10is

    “…Subaru Datsun owners will tell you they’ve been doing this for years.”

    • outback_ute

      Perhaps the origin of the term relates to the Safari Rally? 1971 240Z winner here.

      • Monkey10is

        Yes — that’s where the term comes from.

        (And Mitsubishi owners;

        • Monkey10is

          (And Toyota owners;

          • Monkey10is

            (And Mazda owners;

            • Vairship

              And DAF owners: (they even named a trim line after their success in the Marathon Rally)

              • Vairship

                • Vairship

                  Swing-arm suspension can make life exciting:

  • Rover 1

    Going offroad?

    You’ll need AWD then.

    I have just the vehicle required.

  • Rover 1

    Or maybe you don’t need AWD, just the exhaust protected from damage by routing over the roof.

    • outback_ute

      1970 World Cup Rally!

      On the other hand you could just use a Peugeot and run it virtually standard… I can’t resist including this 404 Coupe too.

      • crank_case

        Or get a Dangel’d version

        • outback_ute

          Not exactly athletic though, is it? Needs a wider track.

  • Alff

    • outback_ute

      Excellent nomination – one of the Holden Overlanders built by Arthur Hayward

    • Sjalabais

      What kind of fuel does this run on? Testosterone?

  • Fuhrman16

    A first gen Chevy Corvair. If a totally stock version can tackle the Darien Gap, then a Safari-ized version should tackle anything.

    • Zentropy

      I too thought the Corvair would be capable, but that’s amazing.

    • Vairship

  • tonyola

    If you’re going to go off-road, you’ll want something that won’t easily break down. Hence a Honda…

  • discontinuuity

    Volvo 940

  • Tomsk

    An R107 SL wouldn’t be too far-fetched, since Mercedes planned a full WRC (they even got as far as signing Ari Vatanen and Walter Röhrl) assault before top management and their head of motorsports clashed over the budget and the program was canned.