1987 IMSA GTU Nissan 300ZX
Ex-George Alderman, Rahal, Leitzinger, and others
Ex-George Alderman fully restored and beautifully presented 1987 IMSA GTU Nissan 300ZX non-turbo V6.
The car was raced in period by George Alderman, Bobby Rahal, Butch Leitzinger, Max Jones, Morris Clement, and Chuck Kurtz.
2021 and 2022 Rolex Monterey Reunion competitor, finishing P6 in a field that included historic GTP, GTO and V8 Trans Am cars.
This Nissan was last offered for sale in 2022. It was posted with many photos on BringATrailer. The bidding stalled at only $47,000. Realistically that was nowhere near a reasonable market value for the car, and the auction failed.
The Nissan was also offered at RaceCarsDirect with a thorough description of the car from the then owner, as well as links to a period racing video of the 1987 IMSA GT race at Portland featuring the car, and some in-car-camera footage from the 2022 Rolex Monterey Reunion.
The Nissan ultimately sold in early 2023 for six figures, well over double the high bid at the BAT auction, which was more in line with the true value of the car.
The current owner is now changing direction in his racing program. He is willing to accept considerably less for the car than what he paid to move to the next chapter in his racing career. That is why the car is being offered at its current price.
This is a bargain entry into historic IMSA GTO/GTU races. It is a potential class winner, and top finisher overall, as demonstrated at recent Rolex Monterey Reunions. We just sold a GTO car for closer to double the offering price of this Nissan. The 300ZX is a great bang for the buck, and an entry ticket to some of the finest historic races.
As described by the prior owner, the Nissan underwent a bare-tub restoration from 2016 and 2019 at Racecraft of Woodinville, Washington. Everything is new or refurbished to as new condition.
The car’s Genesis Engineering fiberglass body is affixed to the car’s Bob Cuneo designed steel, TIG welded, tube frame chassis.
The engine is a naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter VG30E V6. It has an aluminum flywheel and Tilton clutch, and is bolted the car’s four-speed manual dog ring transmission.
The car also has the following:
– Aluminum driveshaft
– Custom Z Car Garage CV rear drive shaft axles
– 3 piece 16″ Panasport wheels, stripped down, crack checked and fully refurbished.
– Barnes dry sump pump
– Nissan R200 long neck rear differential with an O.S. Giken limited-slip differential. Differential pump and cooler.
– Penske coil over shocks
– Electronic fuel injection with MS3-Pro ECU, Jenvey individual throttle bodies. Nissan Motorsport cross ram intake manifold.
– 962 fiberglass seat with Schroth harnesses
As can be seen from the list of parts, the restoration work performed, the car’s history, and the car’s proven recent competitiveness in historic IMSA races, the offered price is a bargain. If you would like to join the historic IMSA race grids, this is an affordable entry ticket, and an affordable, fun, competitve, race car to campaign.