• Jul 9, 2010
Paul Newman's 1987 Nissan 300ZX IMSA GTO Racecar – Click above for image gallery

Chances are, you've probably thought about what exactly you would buy if you had money bleeding out of every bodily orifice. Allow us to add another candidate to the list: Paul Newman's 1987 Nissan 300ZX IMSA racecar. Yes, that Paul Newman – the 24 Hours of Le Mans finisher and SCCA champion. Now, we know past ownership isn't reason enough to hand over $300,000, but that's just fine. This car packs a walloping 750 horsepower from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The stock gearbox has been abandoned in favor of a Weismann five-speed, and the rear differential was replaced with a Stock Car Products piece. That's just the tip of the iceberg.

Newman's Own Z, this car was campaigned throughout 1987, landing a best place finish of third place at the same time. The following year, it was handed over to Scott Sharp, in whose capable hands it managed to rack up a multitude of wins. The car has been restored since then, and has only competed in a total of four vintage races since work was completed. Of those, Newman's wicked Nissan managed to pull off three wins. Not too shabby. If you want it as badly as we do and have the means to procure it, the car is up for grabs on eBay Motors. Top tip, Ramin!

[Source: eBay Motors]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think AC already has/had one of these things. He's admitted on his shows multiple times of being terrified by it. His isn't in running order right now, based on the last he has spoken of it.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone get Carolla on the phone!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing! Got to get it on!
      • 4 Years Ago
      These cars were pretty amazing back in the 1980s, making tons of power out of the factory 3.0L V6 block. I believe Adam Carolla already owns one of them, if this isnt his.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man I was at that dealer last week and I didn't see this. They have another in the San Diego Automotive Museum as part of the Nissan/Datsun History Exhibit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most valuable Nissan from the 80's?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whoops! Forgot about the R30 Tomica Super Silhouette. Still, this is must be the most valuable Z from the 80s. I hope it shows its face at the Monterey Historic races soon!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm thinking one of the 4 mid4's would be a bit pricier.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I submitted this... So happy! Is that sad? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am surprised it didn't have an inline 6...I am also surprised Nissan Still doesn't have an inline 6 that would be much smoother then the raspy Vq design and go right against BMW in a more competitive way with more refinement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        V6s are lighter, more compact, and with modern engine building techniques can be every bit as smooth as I6s. Early VQs were actually known for being very smooth and thus why they were always listed on the 10 best engines lists, only recently with the later year VQ35s and new VQ37s have they began to get a little rough with Nissan trying to squeeze power out of them.

        Eventually BMW will phase out its I6s for V6/V8s as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't see BMW switching to V6s any time soon
        • 4 Years Ago

        v6's are going to be smaller, lighter and easier to package, both for FWD and in RWD moving the engine backwards towards center.

        However a v6 will never be as smooth or strong as a straight6. With enough dampening materials the v6 can be made to feel as smooth, but internally it will never be as smooth or strong as a straight 6.

        The best example is probably a 2jz. Its bottom end is absurdly strong, and no mass produced v6 can match it. However the 2jz weighs nearly 700lbs!

        I know the Nissan VG was praised for its smoothness.. I don't think I have ever heard that compliment extended to the VQ
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can see that because Lexus and Mercedes have some pretty smooth V6's...I didn't realize they were lighter....is that from the shorter crankcase? My personal favorite are the H-4 designs I have in my WRX and H-6's in the Porsche Cayman S I can't afford!! However I wouldn't mind a twin turbo 3.8 litter V8 from the McLaren MP4-12C... I really like that car and heart it's carbon fiber tub that only takes 4 hours to make.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One issue the greatest I6s ever made (inc. RB's & L's) is that they're all iron blocks. Not sure for the reasoning (rigidity & heat distribusion?) but with today's emphasis on achieving higher efficiencies, automakers can't afford to deal with heavy motors when they have lighter options that are equally powerful/efficient. Personally, I have yet to come accross a V6 I prefered over a I6, but then again I haven't driven an R35.
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