Tom Cruise’s old race car could be your new race car! Star’s 1984 Nissan 300ZX Up for Auction

Do you feel the need, the need for speed? Rad-era celebrity racing goodness could be yours.


Whether it’s Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Michael Fassbender or Patrick Dempsey, where there’s motorsport, you’ll often find movie stars.

And now you have the chance to get your hands on a set of wheels from Mr Movie Star himself, Tom Cruise.

Moreover, this particular 1984 Nissan 300ZX race car it was groomed for Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) races by Cruise’s co-star in the 1986 film Color of Money and race car driver Paul Newman.



White with period correct blue and red livery (and sponsorship from Planter’s Nuts), the number 70 racer was built by the Newman-Sharp Racing firm to compete in the 1987 SCCA series in the ‘Show Room Stock’ class.

We’ll be honest with you, we wanted to start this article with “You want the boost? You can’t handle the boost!” …but the Nissan 300ZX in question has a non-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, so here we are.

The engine has modified camshafts, heads and throttle body, plus the car uses an aftermarket HKS ignition and exhaust system.



There’s adjustable coil suspension and a roll cage, and we assume the seats in the relatively standard interior can slide back and forth to accommodate drivers of different heights…

The ‘Z31’ generation 300ZX was sold in Australia between 1984 and 1989, with the V6 upgraded with the addition of a turbocharger in 1986. This increased the power of this ‘VG30DE’ engine from 126kW to 155kW (under the new name VG30DET) .

An example like this (1984, manual) cost $27,505 before road costs locally when new.



Included with the sale are excerpts from the time, noting that Cruise was a regular “pointy end” performer in the Nissan, with one noting that he won his class and finished third overall in a 27-car field at one round at Daytona International Raceway in Florida. . (Insert appropriate ‘drop the hammer’ quote from stormy days here.)

Ironically, the car was saved from the junkyard by the current owner and underwent a complete restoration.

Unusually for a car owned (or driven) by a celebrity, the Nissan is still very affordable. As we write this, the bid is $6700 ($AU10,000), but with seven days to go, and Tom Cruise’s star still very bright in the sky, we imagine this will go up. Significantly.



But while it’s cheap, why not make an offer so you can delight future generations with the story of the time you almost bought Tom Cruise’s race car? “Show me the money,” and all that.

james room

James has been part of the digital publishing landscape in Australia since 2002 and has worked in the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left in 2017 to work with BMW, then returned at the end of 2019 to head up content management. of driving.

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