1994 Nissan 300ZX V8 IMSA GTS
Offered by Bring a Trailer Auctions | May 2023
So this may be a purely purpose-built, tube-frame race car with composite bodywork, but it does have your standard Z32 road car tail panel, which is excellent. Nissan was around for the Group C era, and they eventually transitioned to the GTS class in IMSA.
Initially, they started campaigning second-generation 300ZX race cars with their twin-turbocharged V6s. But those became a little too dominant for IMSA’s liking (in 1994, a 300ZX won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring outright before winning their class at Le Mans). So for 1995, IMSA outlawed the twin-turbo V6.
And Nissan said “okay, we’ll raise you two cylinders.” The next season’s cars, including this one, were powered by a 4.5-liter V8. Two such chassis were so equipped, and the racing history for this one, #008, includes:
- 1995 24 Hours of Daytona – 21st (with Steve Millen, Johnny O’Connell, and John Morton)
- 1995 12 Hours of Sebring – 5th, 1st in class (with Millen, O’Connell, and Morton)
This is a pretty serious machine that I suspect would be terrifyingly fast at 50%. You can read more about it here.