Nissan achieved some of its greatest racing successes in the late 1980s and early 1990s when it competed in the IMSA GTP prototype class and drove the Z32-generation 300ZX in the GTO class. One of these 300ZX IMSA GTO racing cars is now available from Bring a Trailer.
Clayton Cunningham Racing built seven factory supported cars that ran between 1989 and 1995. This car – chassis 004 – made its debut in 1990 and continued to drive in 1991 with wins at Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen, seven pole positions, two fastest laps, and a 93% closing record according to the listing.
Power is provided by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 coupled to a 5-speed manual rear-wheel drive transmission.
1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo IMSA GTO racing car (Photo by Bring a Trailer)
The carbon fiber body vaguely resembles a production Nissan 300ZX from 1990, but underneath is a bespoke tubular chromolysis space frame. The 004 chassis introduced an extended wheelbase layout designed to help cure disease handling in the first three cars.
After 14 races, chassis 004 was retired at the end of the 1991 season. It was used as a replacement car before being sold to a Canadian owner in 1997. This owner left the car unused before returning it to Clayton Cunningham Racing for refurbishment in 2003. The car then stood idle again until 2017 when it was sold to an Oregon owner who entered it at classic car races. It has undergone a second renovation before listing to be acquired by the current owner in 2020.
It’s worth noting that a similar car, Chassis 002, built for the 1989 IMSA season, was not sold after being listed by Stratas Auctions last year. This car shares the same twin turbo engine as the 004 chassis, but the earlier short wheelbase chassis. It never won a race either; The best result was third place in Mid-Ohio.