1983 Paris–Dakar Rally

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1983 Paris–Dakar Rally
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Host country  France

1983 Dakar Rally also known as the 1983 Paris–Dakar Rally was the 5th running of the Dakar Rally event. The course crossed the Ténéré desert for the first time. A sandstorm led to 40 competitors becoming lost.[1]

Mercedes won the car category with a 280 G, and the truck category with a 1936 AK, making them the only manufacturer in the history of the event to have won the race overall in two different categories.

Final standings[edit]


Rank Driver /
Country Car
1 Jacky Ickx /
Claude Brasseur
 France Mercedes
2 André Trossat /
Jean Claude Briavoine
 France Lada
3 Pierre Lartigue /
P. Destaillats
 France Rover


Rank Driver Country Bike
1 Hubert Auriol  France BMW
2 Patrick Dobrecq  France Honda
3 Marc Joineau  France Suzuki


  1. ^ "History of Dakar - RETROSPECTIVE 1979-2007" (PDF). Dakar. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-07.