This incredible Nissan 300ZX has a legendary speed racing engine on earth
Mention the Nissan Z family of cars, and depending on who you talk to, the conversation will likely point to the ’70s sports car icon, or it will end with the easy-to-obtain and undeniably affordable. models. If I had to step into the conversation and give my robot two cents, I would absolutely be referring to the 300ZX from 1990.
Ahead of its time
It’s probably not your first thought when discussing the long family tree of Z cars and that’s good, you’re not alone. Following in the footsteps of a certified legend like the early Z models is no easy task, but pull out the catalog for the 300ZX and it’s not hard to realize how far ahead Nissan really was back then.
A break from its predecessors in terms of style and aura, the Z32 sat close to the curb and stretched much wider than its older siblings. The unique rear window just below the cascading roofline and its fixed headlight treatment puts it in a class of its own. Add to that a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that delivered 300 horsepower over 30 years ago and a suspension that even today will make your cup smile, and you’ll see why I feel like this model deserves a brighter projector.
Dream Car Collective, a group that specializes in obtaining vehicles that are virtually unobtainable and shipping them around the world, as well as helping their customers manage documents, customs and even related titles, offers this wonderful 300zx with a single heart. The 2 + 2 model has had one owner for most of its life and is in remarkable condition inside and out. Yes, it’s modified, but it’s not the dirty aftermarket air filters and obnoxious muffler combo that come with so many other examples.
This Z32 is powered by a piece of automotive history: a salt marsh racing engine built by JUN Auto Mechanic. If you’ve never heard of JUN, the Japanese tuning brand was envisioned by Junichi Tanaka, who originally ran a machine shop in the early 1980s after working with the family business, Tanaka Industrial. Ltd., which designed and manufactured two and four stroke engines. It then made a name for itself modifying subsequent 240Z and Z models, often pulling monumental horsepower figures from the native L-series engine before finding its way to turbocharging where things quickly escalated… literally. JUN Auto’s production line of fast engines and parts would eventually become a JUN body shop that was one of the first to adopt composite body parts to help reduce weight.
Make your mark
In 1990 JUN Auto built a Z32 and traveled to Bonneville alongside other Japanese tuners TBO and Central. The trio would impact the salt marshes with TBO and JUN performing exceptionally well, even with their limited access to high powered passes on unstable surfaces like the salt marshes. Before returning home, JUN was the leader of the three Japanese competitors with a pass of 228.3 mph. Tanaka and his crew would later build another Z, even fiercer than the first, and return to Bonneville to eclipse 260 mph on the salt marshes – the first for a Japanese car. In 2019, at the age of 76, the legendary Junichi Tanaka passed away. JUN Auto’s legacy lives on through those close to him and he leaves behind an unparalleled resume of motorsport research and development, race victories and multiple examples of absolute dominant performance in competition.
Upon returning from that first visit to Bonneville, a collector’s request to purchase the car was turned down by JUN, although the idea of building a unique Z using this lethal engine setup was not out of the question. , and that’s how this black Z came into being in 1990. Currently, the chassis has very low mileage with even less on the unique engine setup. Impeccable paintwork and no bumps or bumps in sight, the original body remains perfect. Inside, a full roll cage winds through the interior and runs through the original dashboard with used trim for a nice and clean appearance, the factory seats are replaced with Recaro bucket seats and a multitude Gauges are housed in the center console to monitor vital engine. It is a complete racing car engine installed in a time capsule chassis and it is well-bred and reliable enough to be driven on the street.
Over 30 years later, the high performance heart continues to beat with its polished, oversized custom intake and all, and it’s up for grabs. Capable of 800-900hp with the dyno sheets to back up those claims, Dream Car Collective says they’re ready to export now and they can have it delivered to their new home pretty much anywhere in the world. . If that’s your calling, contact DCC through Facebook or their website to talk about turkey.